RI Senate votes to tighten parole for murderers

By The Associated Press


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ The Rhode Island Senate has voted to require convicted murderers to serve at least 50 percent of their sentence before being eligible for parole.

The proposal endorsed by the Senate on Thursday would apply to anyone convicted of first- or second-degree murder who isn't serving a life sentence. It would only affect future offenders and not those currently serving a sentence.

The bill's sponsor, Democratic Sen. Leonidas Raptakis of Coventry, says too many convicted murderers are getting out of prison early. He cites the example of Alfred Brissette, who was released last year after serving 13 years of a 35-year sentence for killing a Woonsocket woman he and an accomplice picked at random.

The same legislation passed the Senate last year but did not get a vote in the House.

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