CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — The state parole board has put off until next month the case of a man imprisoned for a 1999 thrill killing while it gathers additional details about a plan for his early release.
The board in June approved letting Alfred Brissette Jr. out on parole more than 20 years before his original release date for good behavior behind bars. Brissette was scheduled to be released this month, but after a TV report about his impending early release and complaints from the public the board revisited his case during a hearing on Monday.
Over the weekend, dozens of people opposed to Brissette’s early release rallied in Cranston, saying they want to be sure the parole board knows Brissette isn’t a candidate for release at all because he’s a danger to the community and asking the state General Assembly to increase oversight over parole board decisions.
Brissette, of Woonsocket, pleaded no contest in 1999 to murdering Jeanette Descoteaux, who was from his hometown. A state Supreme Court ruling described the murder as a ‘‘brutal, barbaric and utterly senseless ‘thrill kill'’’ in which Brissette and another man lured Descoteaux to the woods in Burrillville with promises of cocaine, then beat her to death as part of a plan to randomly kill and bury an unsuspecting woman.
Brissette, 38, was sentenced to serve 35 years in prison and originally was supposed to be released in 2034.
The other man, Marc A. Girard, pleaded not guilty but was convicted after a trial and was sentenced to life in prison plus 10 years.
The Rhode Island Parole Board, which says on its website it’s authorized to consider the early releases of incarcerated offenders who've served at least a third of their sentences, said it is prohibited from releasing details of Brissette’s case. But it said it revisited the case because an unspecified part of his release plan fell through.
‘‘New information has emerged concerning Mr. Brissette’s ability to satisfy the board’s release criteria at this time; this information was not available at the June 2012 hearing,’’ the board said in a written statement following Monday’s hearing.
The board, which says it’s committed to promoting public safety, said it will gather additional information about Brissette’s release plan, including about where he intends to live and the ‘‘availability of needed special services,’’ before revisiting his parole case in January.