Parole Board Reviews Killer's Release, Lawmaker Proposes 30 Year Minimum For Murder

Alfred Brissette, convicted of 1999 thrill killing of Jeanette Descoteaux, may be paroled 22 years early.


Alfred Brissette, convicted of killing Jeanette Descoteaux, might not be released 22 years early after all, according to WPRI.com, and one lawmaker wants a 30-year minimum sentence for murderers going forward. 

Brissette, previously scheduled for parole after serving just 13 years of a 35-year sentence for the 1999 murder of the Woonsocket woman he and another man committed for the thrill, was scheduled to be released from prison this year. But WPRI.com and Boston.com report the parole board is reviewing the decision.

Boston.com reports part of Brissette’s release plan fell through, according to a parole board official. WPRI.com reports the board will review the case Dec. 17.

Meanwhile, Leo Raptakis, newly elected senator for Coventry's Dist. 33, has pledged to introduce a bill setting a 30-year minimum on the prison sentences for murderers, according to turnto10.com.

The law is similar to one inspired by the early release of convicted murderer Michael Woodmansee, who admitted to killing five-year-old Jason Foreman in 1975 when he was 16 years old. He was caught after trying to strangle paperboy Dale Sherman, 14, in 1982.

Woodmansee was sentenced to a 40-year sentence. In accordance with the laws on the books at the time he earned “good behavior” time that allowed him to shave 12 years off his original sentence in March 2011. 

The bill, sponsored by Senator V. Susan Sosnowski and Representative Teresa Tanzi, prohibits those convicted of certain crimes, including murder, attempted murder, kidnapping of a minor, first degree sexual assault, and first and second degree child molestation, from earning credits toward early release for good behavior. The Act took effect on July 1, 2012 and applies to all earned time not awarded or otherwise credited to a prisoner's sentence on or before that date.  

It passed in the senate in May after passing in the house this year. Woodmansee voluntarily committed himself in June 2011.

That bill doesn't cover the decisions of the parole board. In Brissette's case, he was granted parole, not released early due to time off he may have earned for good behavior or other program credits, according to Amy Kempe, Public Information Officer for Attorney General Peter Kilmartin.

Raptakis's bill would cover the parole board's decisions about murderers' early release, however. 

Govstench December 01, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Unfortunately, any change in the law won't apply to this piece of society's garbage.
Paul Campbell December 01, 2012 at 08:30 PM
go ahead let him go .Your daughter may be next victim
lois December 06, 2012 at 03:08 AM
you plp make me sick let murders go back out too killer some boby eles families.. their one thing for sure when you all stand before god on judgement day .. you will have answer to him.. when you let the plp back out and they commited any murders those plp blood on your hands... i don,t like the way you do thing and i don,t like the what justice systems work ... if keep let the murders trash out may be some of your family be next then you will know how feel ..
lois December 06, 2012 at 03:10 AM
i have said all i wanted too.. to you stupid plp
Lynn B February 20, 2013 at 02:09 AM
Its awful the parole board is letting this murderer out after serving only 13 years of a 35 year sentence. Someone should demand the parole board members resign.They apparently do not care for peoples safety who live in RI.I knew the victim its even more hurtful to know hes being released this soon.


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