RI lawmakers examine sentencing rules for murder

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island lawmakers are considering legislation designed to prevent convicted murderers from winning early release.

The measure would require anyone convicted of first- or second-degree murder to serve at least half of their sentence before being eligible for parole.

The bill is sponsored by Sen. Leonida Raptakis and state Rep. Patricia Serpa. It’s scheduled to be reviewed by a Senate committee Tuesday.

A handful of proposals this year would change sentencing laws relating to murder. Another bill, sponsored by Raptakis and Rep. Raymond Hull, would require convicted murders to register with local authorities upon release.

The bills were introduced after last year’s release of Alfred Brissette, who served 13 years of a 35-year sentence for killing a Woonsocket woman he and an accomplice picked at random.

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