Proposal Could Delay RI Killer’s Release

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – A Rhode Island state senator is proposing a bill that would delay the expected release of the convicted killer of a 5-year-old to give officials more time to review his case.
Sen. Dawson T. Hodgson’s proposal would immediately stop the awarding of good-time credits to prisoners serving sentences longer than 10 years.
Michael Woodmansee was sentenced to 40 years in 1983 for killing Jason Foreman of South Kingstown. Woodmansee is scheduled to be released in August. He is eligible for early release because he earned credits for good behavior.
Because Hodgson’s bill would prevent Woodmansee from receiving any more credits, his release would be delayed by 40 days.
The state is now evaluating Woodmansee’s mental health to determine whether he could be involuntarily committed to a mental health facility.

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  • emom

    GOOD BEHAVIOR, why.. they commit a serious crime , and we are to reward them for being good over the years. WHY < their victims have no rewards, they can not be with their loved ones, they dont get the reward of a family and LIFE, The are gone ,but the criminal is alive and well, NO , NO MORE REWARDS FOR GOOD BEHAVIOR, THEY DO NOT DESERVE A SECOND CHANCE , AFTER ALL THEIR VICTIMS NEVER GOT TO LIVE IN THE FIRST PLACE, THEREFORE NO SECOND CHANCES SHOULD BE AWARDED TO THOSE THAT TOOK THEIR CHANCE AT LIFE. ………………….. NO MEANS NO………….

  • bob

    Had this happened in Massachusetts, he would have already been out of jail and no one would have dared to question why ?Over here, we are exempt from asking

  • Sheila

    Most individuals/inmates as we call them have good behavior because they’re in cells, and have great limitations as to what they do or where they go!
    Do these nuts/lawmakers as we call them really believe once they give him that freedom of not being under constant surveillance that his “good behavior” will continue? If I were this child’s parent, I would kill too, and I’m not a violent person nor do I condone violence, however, I would lose my mind!!

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