RI Dept. of Corrections photo of Alfred Brissette
granted parole decades early
The former wife of Alfred Brissette
- who asked that she
not be identified - said she
had a "visceral reaction" when she
was getting out after.
"I wanted to run away.
I was shaking and crying and could not stop for six hours," she
said in a telephone interview.
"I was having nightmares about it because of the fear about him finding me or my family."
and his co-conspirator, Marc Girard, were convicted in the 1999 killing of Jeannette Descoteaux, 38, of Woonsocket.
Court records show the pair had discussed killing a woman "at random" for months prior and Brissette
even purchased a shovel with plans to dig a grave for the victim.
pleaded guilty to murder charges and was sentenced to 60 years, with 35 to serve in prison.
R.I. Department of Corrections records indicate Brissette
earned more than 1,600 days of "good time" and this month the R.I. Parole Board
voted to release him in December.
The woman married Brissette
was 18 years old; he
They had been divorced for about five years when the crime took place, she
"I met him at a coffee shop," she
"It was a meeting that should never have happened."
Court documents detailing the 1999 homicide say Marc Girard met Descoteaux at a party and convinced her to drive with him and Brissette
to the woods in Burrillville by promising her drugs.
and Descoteaux had sex in a car at George Washington Park while Girard waited outside the vehicle, according to police.
"After that, Brissette
reached into the back of the Blazer for a plastic bag containing a lug wrench and smashed it into Jeanette's head," court records say.
"Jeanette was stunned and asked Brissette
what he was doing, to which he responded by again striking her head with the lug wrench."
The victim screamed, begging Brissette
to stop, at which time Girard returned, according to police records quoted in the court documents.
"In the meantime, Brissette
, who had been rummaging about in the Blazer, reappeared and handed the shovel to Girard and directed him to dig a hole," court documents state.
In response to a request from Target 12
, the board refused to provide information about where Brissette
will live and whether he
will work or attend school once he
The board's website says its "records are exempt from public disclosure since these records contain personal or medical information relating to an individual."
Records indicate the board voted to release Brissette
during a June 2012 meeting, then revisited his
case in November and voted to release him in December.
In a statement, the parole board said Brissette
had never been disciplined in his
14 years at the Adult Correctional Institutions in Cranston.