R.I. Man Gets Life for Killing 3 Women
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ A man was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to murdering three missing women, dismembering their bodies and discarding their remains in commercial trash bins.
Jeffrey S. Mailhot, 35, was given three life sentences for the first-degree murder charges, plus two 10-year sentences for unrelated assault charges.
The assault cases led police to connect Mailhot to the deaths of Stacie Goulet, Christine Dumont and Audrey Harris, whom authorities have said had histories of drug abuse and prostitution.
Family members and one of the assault victims testified before Mailhot’s sentencing, with many fighting back tears.
Mailhot, dressed in a prison outfit, sat handcuffed with his head bowed.
``Mr. Mailhot, I hope you get all you deserve today because a lifetime of suffering is never enough,″ said Jocelin Martel, who accused Mailhot of trying to choke her.
Prosecutor J. Patrick Youngs said Mailhot confessed to the killings when he was arrested on the assault charges in June 2004.
Mailhot told police he took the women to his Woonsocket apartment, choked them, cut them up with a handsaw in his bathtub, stuffed their remains in garbage bags and dumped them in commercial bins around town, Youngs said.
Goulet was last seen at a fireworks display in a city park on July 3, 2004. Police discovered her remains more than three weeks later in a landfill. The 24-year-old was a mother of two and pregnant with her third child.
Goulet’s father, Raymond Boerger, showed Mailhot a picture of his granddaughter. Mailhot broke into tears when Boerger accused him of bringing shame on his family.
Harris, 33, disappeared on Feb. 9, 2003, after telling her mother she would visit her later that day. Her mother, Claudette Harris, told Mailhot that she hopes he rots in prison.
Dumont, 42, was last seen leaving a friend’s car on April 23, 2004. Madeline Desrochers remembered her sister was a fighter, who had survived being hit by a train and an assault where she was left for dead.
``You made sure she’ll never fight again,″ Desrochers told Mailhot. ``As for you, I believe God will take care of you till your Judgment Day.″
Before the sentencing, Mailhot told Superior Court Judge Mark Pfeiffer that he could do nothing to take away the pain caused by his actions.
``I think he is remorseful,″ said his lawyer, Robert Mann.
Mailhot will be eligible for parole in 2047, according to the attorney general’s office.