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Woodmansee release postponed again due to bad behavior

September 6, 2011

Michael Woodmansee was convicted in 1982 of second-degree murder after killing five-year old Jason Foreman. He is scheduled to be released Sunday, Sept. 11, after only serving 29 years of a 40-year prison sentence.

CRANSTON – Convicted child killer Michael Woodmansee has been ordered to stay in prison a little while longer due to a disciplinary infraction he committed in prison on Aug. 20.

Woodmansee was scheduled to be released Thursday, Sept. 1 but after he failed to stand for the prison count, his release date was pushed back to Sunday, Sept. 11, Rhode Island Department of Corrections spokeswoman, Tracy Zeckhausen said. The convicted child killer has agreed to commit himself voluntarily to a state mental health facility rather than be released into the community.

Zeckhausen said Woodmansee pleaded guilty to the offense and did not appeal.

This is the second time Woodmansee’s release date has been pushed back due to disciplinary problems. In May, Woodmansee’s prison term was extended and he was docked 10 days of early-release after he flushed a razor down a toilet.

In 1982, Woodmansee was convicted of second-degree murder after he killed five-year old Jason Foreman in South Kingstown and was sentenced to 40 years in prison. After serving only 29 years in prison, Woodmansee was eligible for early release under the state’s good-time law.

However, after news of his release sparked community outrage across Rhode Island, Woodmansee agreed to admit himself voluntarily to the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals in Cranston once he is released.

The threat of the convicted child killer’s early release prompted state lawmakers to look into the state’s good-time law statue. After an original bill proposed by Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin and Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D-South Kingstown), which would have prohibited those serving jail time for certain serious, violent offenses from earning time off their sentences for good behavior or for participating in work, rehabilitation or education programs failed in the House, Tanzi proposed a second compromise bill. The bill asks the Criminal Justice Oversight Commission to evaluate the existing law and make recommendations for any improvements by the start of the next General Assembly session in January.

Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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