Killer’s body moved from vet­er­ans ceme­tery

Con­victed of 3 mur­ders, Ail­lon had no right to plot

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - OBITUARIES - By Ran­dall Beach rbeach@nhreg­is­ter.com @rbeachNHR on Twit­ter

The body of Guillermo Ail­lon, who was con­victed of a 1972 triple mur­der in North Haven, has been re­moved from a vet­er­ans ceme­tery in Middletown, a state of­fi­cial con­firmed.

The re­moval of his body July 3 came a year-anda-half af­ter the New Haven Reg­is­ter re­ported Ail­lon was il­le­gally buried in the State Vet­er­ans Ceme­tery in Middletown. Fed­eral law pro­hibits a per­son con­victed of a cap­i­tal crime and sen­tenced to life im­pris­on­ment from be­ing buried at vet­er­ans ceme­ter­ies that re­ceive fed­eral fund­ing. The Middletown ceme­tery re­ceives such funds.

Af­ter the Reg­is­ter con­tacted the state Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs about the sit­u­a­tion in Jan­uary 2016, the head­stone was quickly re­moved. State of­fi­cials said at that time that they would also ex­hume his body.

Kevin Dacey of East Haven, who had re­searched the Ail­lon ceme­tery is­sue and alerted the Reg­is­ter to the sit­u­a­tion in early 2016, helped move the case for­ward.

Af­ter Dacey again con­tacted the Reg­is­ter this month to re­port Ail­lon’s body had been moved, the Reg­is­ter got back in touch with Emily Hein, di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions for the state Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs.

She replied, “Yes, I can con­firm that his body has been re­moved from the CT Vet­er­ans Ceme­tery.”

Mem­bers of the Ail­lon fam­ily, who were up­set about the ini­tial cov­er­age of the is­sue, have re­quested pri­vacy. One of them was asked for com­ment about the body’s re­moval but did not call back.

In 1984, Ail­lon was con­victed of mur­der­ing his es­tranged wife, Bar­bara, and her par­ents, Ge­orge and Ber­nice Mon­tano. The three vic­tims were found stabbed to death in their North Haven home in Au­gust 1972.

Ail­lon was first con­victed of the mur­ders in 1973. But the con­vic­tion was over­turned by the state Supreme Court be­cause the trial judge had con­versed with a ju­ror dur­ing de­lib­er­a­tions. A sec­ond trial ended with a hung jury in 1979. A third jury in 1984 con­victed him and he was sen­tenced to serve 75 years to life in prison.

In spring 2014, Ail­lon be­came se­ri­ously ill and prison of­fi­cials trans­ferred him to a med­i­cal fa­cil­ity in Rocky Hill. He died about a month later.

His fam­ily mem­bers pro­vided vet­er­ans of­fi­cials with a copy of his dis­charge pa­pers from the U.S. Army but they did not tell the of­fi­cials of his crim­i­nal record. A fam­ily mem­ber told the Reg­is­ter the state of­fi­cials didn’t ask about it and that the fam­ily was not aware of the law.

Dacey took an in­ter­est in the case be­cause he grew up in the same North Haven neigh­bor­hood as Don­ald Mon­tano, the brother of Ge­orge Mon­tano. Dacey dis­cov­ered the fed­eral law in ques­tion while do­ing re­search on the Vet­er­ans Ad­min­is­tra­tion web­site.

Dacey noted in an email to the Reg­is­ter that the state Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs form a rel­a­tive must com­plete for burial in a vet­er­ans ceme­tery was re­vised in Jan­uary 2016 af­ter this is­sue came to the depart­ment’s at­ten­tion. The form now in­cludes an el­i­gi­bil­ity com­pli­ance state­ment re­quir­ing the ap­pli­cant to af­firm the de­ceased per­son “was never con­victed of a fed­eral or state cap­i­tal crime for which a sen­tence of im­pris­on­ment for life or the death penalty may be im­posed.”

Dacey noted: “This form should help to pre­vent another such burial.” Call Ran­dall Beach at 203680-9345.

JEN­NIFER KAYLIN / FILE PHOTO FOR THE REG­IS­TER

The grave­stone of Guillermo Ail­lon, for­merly at the State Vet­er­ans Ceme­tery.

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