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R.I. man convicted of 1999 thrill killing paroled

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A Rhode Island man sentenced to 35 years in prison for a woman’s murder in 1999 has been released early for good behavior. WPRI-TV reported Tuesday that Alfred Brissette was released from the state’s Adult Correctional Institutions after serving 13 years of his sentence. The now 39-year-old Brissette pleaded no contest to murder in 2004 for killing Jeanette Descoteaux in Burrillville. Authorities said Brissette and another man, Marc Girard, picked Descoteaux at random, lured her into the woods with promises of cocaine, and then beat her to death with a wrench. A state Supreme Court ruling called the murder a ‘‘barbaric and utterly senseless thrill kill.’’

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