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RI lawmaker: tougher sentencing rules needed

RI lawmaker: tougher sentencing rules needed

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island state lawmaker says the early release of a man imprisoned for a 1999 murder shows the state needs tougher sentencing laws.

Sen. Leonidas Raptakis says he will push legislation next session to require inmates convicted of first or second-degree murder to serve at least 50 percent of their sentence before being eligible for parole.

Alfred Brissette was released this week after serving 13 years of his 35-year sentence for killing Woonsocket resident Jeanette Descoteaux. Authorities say Brissette and another man selected Descoteaux at random before beating her to death with a wrench in the woods.

Brissette was released early for good behavior.

Raptakis, a Coventry Democrat, introduced the same proposal in the last legislative session. It passed the Senate but did not get a House vote.

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