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Bill to force Murderers to serve majority of sentence

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By Dana Griffin

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PROVIDENCE, RI- Angered over the early release of past convicted murderers like the so called 'thrill killer' Alfred Brissette who served 13 years of a 35 year sentence, legislators submitted three bills to force criminals like him to serve a more just sentence.

One bill says in order to be eligible for parole, convicted 1st and 2nd degree murderers not sentenced to life must serve at least half of their sentence.

Another requires those with a life sentence to serve at least 30 years.

The third puts convicted murderers on a list similar to the state's sex offenders registration.

Sen. Leonidas Raptakis said, "History shows for its self. We've had two cases where two individuals received 40 years and they were released out of the ACI serving less than half their time and they committed murder again."

Andrew Jett served nearly two-decades for killing his girlfriend. Three years after being paroled he was accused of killing another girlfriend.

Robert Lamoureux served about 16–years for murder and pleaded guilty to another murder in 2012.

It's cases like these that Senator Leonidas Raptakis hopes will get these bills passed.

"If we don't even show that we can get the tough consequences for the most heinous egregious act of murder, don't expect that these crimes won't escalate to that point," said Carolyn Medeiros.

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