UPDATE: Dozens of Rhode Island’s most notorious murderers – including Esteban Carpio – have been shipped out and are being held in prisons outside of the state, in some cases thousands of miles from where they committed their heinous crimes.
Prison officials say there is no cost to the state to export inmates because it is an exchange program. Rhode Island is currently housing 44 inmates from other jurisdictions. Coyne-Fague said the only exception to additional costs is if an inmate requires special medical care above and beyond what is offered by the host state.
In 2005, cop killer Esteban Carpio was brought into court wearing a mask reminiscent of The Silence of the Lambs and an unrecognizable destroyed face. His family nor friends were shocked and immediately began screaming about “police brutality” and other things not fit to print.
The ‘‘spit shield’’ Carpio was forced to wear is intended to protect others from blood and fluids. Providence police say Carpio was injured when he jumped out a window and in a struggle with police.
Don’t you hate when that happens? You think you’re escaping, you jump out a window and land on your face? Well.. right.
In addition were these high-profile criminals- now considered an export by the state:
- Craig Price – who murdered four of his Warwick neighbors in the late 1980s – was sent to Florida in 2004.
- Christopher Hightower – convicted by a jury for the 1991 murders of the Brendel family in Barrington – was sent out of state in 1993. Now 65 years-old, Hightower is currently being held at a prison in Illinois.
- Mobster Antonio Cucinotta – serving time for gunning down two men at the Hockey Fans Social Club in 1994 because he felt disrespected – is being held by the federal government in an undisclosed location.
- Michael Ciresi – a former North Providence police sergeant serving time for taking part in a large burglary ring – was sent to New Hampshire in 2008.
Rhode Island has an agreement with 23 states and the federal government (complete list below) to exchange inmates. Patricia Coyne-Fague, an assistant director at RIDOC said the reasons why inmates are sent to other states vary.
“The main reasons are: the inmate is a management (behavior) problem; for security reasons; for rehabilitative reasons; to facilitate reintegration; a state of emergency; inmate notoriety,” Coyne-Fague wrote in an email.
Carpio was accused of fatally shooting a Providence detective inside police headquarters and was arraigned on murder charges and ordered held without bail. So how about these “family and friends” showing some sympathy for the family and friends of Detective James L. Allen whose life was pointlessly ended?
Assistant Attorney General Paul Daly said in court in 2005 that Carpio grabbed Allen’s pistol in a third-story interview room, shot him twice, blew out a window with another gunshot, and jumped 60 feet to a grassy mound. He was captured after what police described as a violent struggle several blocks away, about 45 minutes later.
Carpio’s relatives gasped when court officers led in the shackled man, his eyes red, swollen slits.
”Oh, my God, look what they did to him,” one of Carpio’s relatives wailed, adding a vulgarity about the police officers.
Carpio’s weeping mother, Yvonne Carpio, a teacher at Hennigan Elementary School in Jamaica Plain who lives in Roslindale, shouted, ”Steve, tell him not guilty,” referring to Chief District Court Judge Albert E. DeRobbio. Esteban Carpio is called Steve by his family.
Court officers quickly grabbed several of the relatives by the arms, including Carpio’s mother, and led them out of the courtroom as family members accused police of brutality. Carpio could be heard saying, ”I love you, Mom,” but his words were muffled by the mask, which court officials said was a ”spit shield” intended to protect others from blood and other fluids.
The back wall of the crowded courtroom was lined with police officers, including several detectives who glared at Carpio, a tattoo of a dragon on his left wrist.
There is literally no point to this murder and no reason this detective had to lose his life, leaving family and friends of his own to grieve the rest of their lives. But what really happened?
During a midafternoon news conference at police headquarters, Providence Police Chief Dean M. Esserman said Carpio was injured jumping out the window and in the struggle with law enforcement, near the AS220 art space downtown. Two State Police troopers, an FBI agent, and a Providence officer were the first to apprehend Carpio, and more police responded.
”When I saw him, he was pretty cut up,” said Esserman, who said he saw Carpio soon after his arrest. Esserman said he had no evidence that officers used excessive force, although he promised to review the matter after Allen’s funeral, slated for Thursday.
Esserman also rebuffed questions about whether Allen had followed police procedures when he questioned Carpio alone without handcuffing him and while wearing his service pistol.
”There is a time and place to look at all that happened, but that time and place is after Detective Allen is buried,” said Esserman, who declined to provide details about the detective’s wounds at the advice of prosecutors.
Allen was the third Providence police officer killed in the line of duty since 1994. Firefighters yesterday draped the entrance of police headquarters with black bunting. Someone also erected a wooden cross, decorated with flowers, beneath the boarded-up third-story window. Glass shards still covered the grass.
Both Hightower and Carpio are serving life without parole for their crimes. Cucinotta’s “good time” release date is April 2031 and Ciresi’s is Sept. 2024, but those can change if they earn more time for good behavior or are paroled.
A review of the inmates serving out of state show several have gang ties and others have testified against co-defendants.
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