Man convicted in Martha Brailsford murder appears in court for parole hearing

SALEM, MA (WHDH) - A convicted murder who spent 25 years in prison for killing a woman aboard his boat appeared in court on Tuesday for a parole hearing.

Thomas Maimoni requested his freedom for the third time Tuesday, taking responsibility but denying that he committed the murder.

“I alone am responsible for the death of Martha Brailsford,” Maimoni said. “My actions and decision to dispose of her remains and run, and responsible for the narrative. there is nothing else to blame.”

He was convicted of taking 37-year-old Martha Brailsford out on his boat in 1991, beating her unconscious and throwing her overboard with a weighted-down belt off the coast of Marblehead.

During the two-hour hearing, Maimoni gave a rambling and incomplete account of events that appeared to frustrate the board, who said he continues to lie.

“I did not attack Martha Brailsford, there was no fight on the deck, no beating,” he said.

Maimoni said he wants parole so he can seek treatment for his post traumatic stress disorder.

The victim’s widower said Maimoni is still changing his story and doesn’t deserve his freedom.

A decision is expected in about two months.

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