A convicted killer is about to be released back into his community. And this state policy may be to blame.
Brian Rainwater avoided detection for years after police discovered a woman brutally raped and murdered inside of her California apartment. But after finally being caught and spending the last 10 years behind bars, he’s about to be a free man.
According to ABC 10, Rainwater was convicted in 2009 for the murder of 36-year-old Jackie Cassettari and was sentenced to serve 15 years in prison.
For the last 10 years, he’s been in a correctional facility in California. But last week, the Cassettaris received news that their daughter’s murderer would be getting out of prison five years earlier than expected.
Officials have said that part of the reason for Rainwater’s early release stems from a state statute aimed at reducing prison populations, besides the inmate displaying good behavior and taking college classes while he’s been locked up.
Proposition 57, a controversial mandate in California, allows inmates to have their non-violent felonies reduced to misdemeanors.
In Rainwater’s case, it paid off big time for his lesser charges like receiving stolen property, reducing them to minor offenses and ultimately allowing him to look like a more “reformed” prisoner.
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The family is in shock over the news that he’ll be released after only serving 10 years.
And he’ll be rejoining the very same community where many of the victim’s family members still live.
“I don’t think that our family should have to suffer that. We’ve already suffered enough. Why should we have to suffer by seeing him daily?”said Jackie’s cousin, Steffanie Cruser.
Cruser said that Rainwater robbed her cousin of her life, and he shouldn’t be rewarded.
“She didn’t even get to be a mother. She didn’t get to do a lot of things in life. She wanted to travel, she wanted to have a family, she wanted to grow old and just enjoy and love life [as] she did and she doesn’t get to do that. So, I don’t think he deserves to get to do that. It’s not fair,” said Cruser.
She criticized prop 57, saying that being in prison has provided the convicted killer with benefits that regular Americans don’t get without paying a hefty price tag.
“It doesn’t make sense, while I would have to go into debt to get an education that he just got for free. But I didn’t murder anybody, but he did. And I didn’t rape someone, but he did. So, it’s just failed, the justice system has definitely failed,” she said.
“I’m angry, I’m upset and I fear for my family out there.” Brian Rainwater was sentenced to 15 years in prison 10 years ago for the death of 36-year-old Jackie Cassettari. Now, with 5 years left in his sentence, Jackie’s family learned last week that he’s getting out early in November, set to be released back into the city of Tracy. Here’s what Jackie’s cousin Steffanie Cruser told me about this today: ABC10
Posted by Lena Howland on Wednesday, September 18, 2019
She described the horrific scene of the 2005 murder.
“There was just blood everywhere because she fought for her life,” Cruser said. “She was strangled, she was beaten so badly she had cuts all over her body, her wrists were slit and she was sexually assaulted.”
After a search warrant, investigators discovered Cassettari’s cell phone, credit cards, and underwear tucked away inside Rainwater’s garage. He’s been incarcerated since 2009, but is now expected to be released on November 7, 2019.
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