Raptakis Wants Increased Prison Time For Convicted Murderers
The incoming state senator from Coventry, West Greenwich and East Greenwich said a ruling on Alfred A. Brissette Jr., convicted of second-degree murder, prompted him to want to propose the legislation.
State Senator elect Lou Raptakis (D-33) said he intends to resubmit a bill to increase jail time for those convicted of first- or second-degree murder or carjacking, according to the Providence Journal.
Raptakis said it's a reaction to the state's decision to set parole for Alfred A. Brissette, Jr., who has served 13 years of a 35-year sentence for his role in the murder of a Jeannette Descoteaux of Woonsocket in 1999.
Rapatakis was elected to state Senate Dist. 33, beating Republican Glen Shibley and regaining the seat he held from 1996 to 2010.
In 2004, Brissette was sentenced to 60 years, with 35 to serve, for the second-degree murder of Descoteaux.
If Brissette is not granted early parole, his sentence would end in December 2027, reduced by seven years for good behavior.