Tom Manning (prisoner)

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Thomas "Tom" William Manning is known for his involvement in the death of a police officer during a routine traffic stop, and for his involvement with the United Freedom Front (UFF) who bombed a series of US military and commercial institutes in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Born to a Boston postal clerk, he shined shoes and raised pigeons, in his early youth, before finding work as a stock boy. He joined the US Military in 1963, and the following year was stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba before being transferred off to spend the following year in the Vietnam War. Some time shortly after 1965, he was sentenced by a Massachusetts state court to five years in prison for armed robbery and assault, serving the last ten months in Massachusetts Correctional Institution - Cedar Junction. He claims it was during these years that he became heavily politicized, through his interactions with other prisoners[1]

After his release in 1971, he married Carol and together they had three children, Jeremy, Tamara, and Jonathan.

Together with his arrest for the bombings, Manning was also convicted for his role in killing New Jersey police officer Philip Lamonaco during a traffic stop on December 21, 1981. The killings launched the largest manhunt in NJ police history,[2] and ended with the arrests of Raymond Levasseur, Patricia Gross, Richard Williams, Jaan Laaman, and Barbara Curzi on November 4, 1984, and Manning and his wife Carol on April 24, 1985. All of them were associated with the United Freedom Front.

He pleaded self-defense at his trial, while defense counsel showed that Lamonaco had emptied his .357 Magnum revolver at Manning and his associates.[3] He was sentenced on February 19, 1987, to 58 years in federal prison.

In September 2006, the University of Southern Maine removed Manning's artwork from an art presentation, and apologized for allowing him to be heralded as a "political prisoner" by event organizers.[4]

His projected release date is September 28, 2020.[5] When he is released, he will be transferred to a New Jersey state prison to serve a life sentence for the murder of officer Lamonaco.[6]

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  1. ^ Tom Manning Short Biography
  2. ^ New Jersey State Police - History -1980's
  3. ^ Sanford's Son - Raymond Luc Levasseur
  4. ^ USM removes cop killer's exhibit
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