Peanut Butter Bandit Scheduled to Move into Tolland on Thursday

The process is very controlled, officials said.

It was all quiet at midday on Thursday at the Merrow Road house scheduled to become the home of the infamous Peanut Butter Bandit.

Frederick Merrill 66, a man with a violent criminal history and one who escaped from prison on several occasions, is slated to move into his sister’s house at 528 Merrow Rd. on Thursday. He is on parole.

Since his release from the MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institute in Suffield on Oct. 5, Merrill has been living at a residential treatment facility in Middletown called The Eddy Center.

Executive Director of the Board of Paroles John DeFeo has said Merrill will be required to check-in with his parole officers once a week, register as a sex offender and will be under GPS surveillance around the clock.

DeFeo has said that it would also be unlikey for Merrill to be allowed to live at a residence with young women or children.

DeFeo said on Thursday that in addition to standard parole requirements he had already mentioned, Merrill might be subject to additional requirements if those in the field decide to petition the board and bring the case before the board to add those conditions.

"At this point they haven’t asked us to add any conditions … it doesn’t mean they won’t, it just means that they haven’t just yet," DeFeo said. 

As for why he was able to be released in Tolland, he said it is standard procedure for a parolee to propose an address, and have it followed up by an investigation by field officials. "If they find the address to be acceptable, the parolee will move to the proposed address," he said.

The house at 528 Merrow Road is a modest one-story dwelling, set back a distance from the road.

In response to the news of Merrill's move posted on the Tolland Patch Facebook site, residents reacted unfavorably.

Merrill once escaped prison after his mother smuggled a handgun into the jail in a jar of peanut butter, according to the Hartford Courant, thus earning him the nickname the Peanut Butter Bandit.

The process is controlled. Merrill was to report to the Troop C State Police barracks before heading to the house.

meowkats4 February 24, 2013 at 03:13 AM
First Jim G. you know nothing about an Early Release Program, then you say what does an early Release Program have to do with F. Merrill? Then I tell you he was one of the ones that was part of the program. Look it up?? Find those that got early "RELEASE" I'm done here!
JJ February 24, 2013 at 03:20 AM
You are done
Jim G. February 24, 2013 at 04:07 PM
Where did I say I knew nothing about early release programs? You've confused two completely different policies, which was what my first question was referring to. You keep quoting the same mistaken assumptions. And finally, in true Patch-fly style, you rely on shouting it louder to make you right. Question answered, thanks.
L Ann Gore February 24, 2013 at 05:05 PM
I would think it might be hard to find a point, in New England, that was NOT within a couple of miles from a daycare, Primary School, or College Campus... Perhaps he wear an an ankle locator...
JJ February 24, 2013 at 05:38 PM
To clear it up meowkats Jim G is pretty accurate. Merrill is a recipient of what is called the "old law." If the crime was committed prior to around 1994 before the " Truth Sentencing" laws were passed then you were entitled to 12-17 days credit per month depending on if the inmate had a job in prison. The new early release program passed by Malloys administration gives inmates 5 days a month credit.


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