Court upholds sentence against RI killer

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island's highest court has upheld a 25-year contempt of court sentence imposed on a man who killed four neighbors as a teenager, then refused psychiatric counseling.
      An attorney for Craig Price had called the contempt sentence excessive and said her client was now willing to get psychiatric treatment.
      But the Rhode Island Supreme Court said in a ruling Friday that the sentence was appropriate.
      It said psychiatric treatment for Price was “of the highest priority” after he committed the murders in Warwick as a teen, starting in 1987. The court said his refusal to cooperate in his
own rehabilitation presented a grave danger to the public, and the sentence was justified.
      Price, now 38, was eligible for release from prison at age 21, but a jury found him in contempt in 1997.
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