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EXCLUSIVE: Winslow released years early on 'Good Time'

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By: Alexandra Cowley 
acowley@abc6.com

A man convicted of killing a Salve Regina student while driving drunk and on drugs, is now a free man. 62–year–old Wayne Winslow was released 3 and a half years early. He was sentenced to 17-years in prison for the 2001 DUI crash that took the life of 20–year–old Brigid Kelly. Because of good time, he was freed on Sunday.

Kelly's father spoke to us today and asked where his daughter's good time is? It's been 13 years since Chris Kelly lost his daughter Brigid. She was just 20-years-old. On her way to class at Salve Regina one morning when she was hit head on.

"I constantly ask god why my child?" said Kelly.

Wayne Winslow was responsible. He'd been drunk and high on drugs when he crashed a stolen van into a minivan on Route 1 in North Kingstown, sending the minivan careening towards Brigid's car.

Kelly said "Sometimes it feels like it's a long time, and other times it feels like yesterday, it depends. Certain songs, certain people that you see remind you of her."

Chris Kelly got the voice recording Sunday, that his daughter's killer would become a free man that day.

"You it's going to happen, you know he's getting out eventually, unfortunately somebody else is going to run into this guy," Kelly said.

Kelly just didn't think it'd be this early, they avoided trial because of a plea deal.

"As my daughter wrote in the last parole board hearing, I was 17 when it happened, let him serve all 17," Kelly said. 

Kelly says Winslow never showed any remorse for his actions. Blaming the crash on the North Kingstown and state police who he claimed should have pulled him over.

"There's no doubt in my mind that he's going to drink and drive again, no doubt at all," explained Kelly. 

Since his conviction in 2002, Winslow accrued 1,305 'Good Time' days. That includes a negative 106 days he lost for bad behavior. Either way, that time, opened the doors for his early release. 

Carolyn Medeiros of the Alliance For Safe Communities says, "Someone who shows no remorse and no reliability for their actions, it would not be unreliable that they would re-offend."

Kelly said, "you just don't know what would have happened, how many grandchildren would you have by now, she'd be 33 this year."

Winslow's location is not publicly known. It's prison policy to keep that information from getting out.
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