AG, Legislators Discuss ‘Good Time’ Legislation

Atty. General Peter Kilmartin at Tuesday's press conference. (Shannon O'Brien)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island's attorney general and legislators are pushing for changes to a law that allows prisoners to cut time from their sentences for good behavior, in response to
the planned early release of a man who killed a 5-year-old boy and kept his shellacked bones for years.

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, Sen. Susan Sosnowski and Rep. Teresa Tanzi on Tuesday  discussed their proposal to keep certain criminals from being eligible for so-called “good time.”

The legislation would not affect Michael Woodmansee, who was sentenced to 40 years in 1983 for killing Jason Foreman. Woodmansee is scheduled to be released in August.

The officials are also proposing a change to a different law that would require Woodmansee and those who commit similar crimes to register with authorities if released.

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