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Rhode Island Town, Father Braces for Prison Release of Child Killer

Darrin Klimek/Thinkstock(KINGSTON, R.I.) -- A small town in Rhode Island is bracing for the release of a high-profile child killer this summer who is leaving prison after serving 28 years of a 40-year sentence for a grisly murder of a neighbor's child.

It's been 36 years since John Foreman last saw his five-year old son, Jason.  The boy was abducted from in front of their family home in Kingston, Rhode Island.  The boy's disappearance was a mystery for seven years until it was discovered that their teenage neighbor, Michael Woodmansee, had killed him.

But the truth behind what Woodmansee did to Jason Foreman shocked the community.

Police found Jason's body inside Woodmansee's filthy home after he confessed.  Several of the boy's small bones had been shellacked and stored in the killer's bedroom.

A plea bargain spared his father and the rest of the Foreman family from learning the rest of the gruesome details of what happened to young Jason.

As part of the plea deal, Woodmansee was sentenced to 40 years.  Now, after 28 years of good behavior, he is leaving prison 12 years early.  His release is now set for August, and John Foreman can barely hold back.

"Initial feelings were I wanted to kill him the same way he killed my son.  I wanted to hurt him bad," Foreman told ABC News.  "I wanted him to suffer…And those feelings are still in my head every day, that's the problem.  I can't get 'em out of my mind."

And Foreman is not the only one who opposed to Woodmansee's early release.  The town of Kingston has rallied around the grieving father, demanding the state somehow block Woodmansee's release.

Two psychiatrists will now interview the killer in prison and read his graphic journal, which has been locked under seal for decades.  What they discover could help decide if Woodmansee will instead be released to a mental hospital.

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Victim's Dad Vows to Murder Child Killer Michael Woodmansee If He Gets Out

Darrin Klimek/Thinkstock(PROVIDENCE, R.I.) -- Michael Woodmansee was convicted of murder and sentenced to 40 years in prison in 1983 for the killing of five-year-old Jason Foreman.

Rhode Island police, who spent years searching for Foreman's body, eventually found the boy's shellacked skull and bones in Woodmansee's South Kingston home. Woodmansee later confessed to the murder.

To the fury of Foreman's father, Woodmansee, who is now 52, is set to be released from prison in August, 12 years before his prison sentence is complete. He is getting out early for good behavior. The prospect of an early release has enraged John Foreman, Jason's father.

"I will kill him if he is released," John Foreman told a radio interviewer at ABC News radio affiliate WPRO in Providence this week. "The man is a monster."

Jason's mother, Joice, died in 2000.

The early release is "shocking," Superior Court Judge Susan E. McGuirl told the Providence Journal. McGuirl was a state prosecutor in 1983 and agreed to the plea deal that avoided a trial, which could have handed Woodmansee a life sentence.

"Certainly there would not have been any anticipation of him getting out in 28 years," McGuirl told the paper.

"All of those involved knew that the defendant would be released at some time," a statement from McGuirl read in part. "We discussed with the Foreman family the defendant's possible release on parole or good time. We did not anticipate due to the condition of the defendant that he would be able to earn the maximum good-time credit."

Foreman told WPRO, "He should have gotten a life sentence, but stupidly I allowed a plea bargain to go so I wouldn't have to put up with the agony of hearing all the evidence at the time."

The details of the Woodmansee case are gruesome. According to police reports, in the spring of 1975 Woodmansee, then 16, lured Jason Foreman into his house, where he stabbed him in the chest with a kitchen knife. Woodmansee, who lived up the street from the Foreman home, placed the body in a plastic bag and took it into the basement, eventually wrapping the remains in a rug and burying them in a trunk. Despite one of the largest search details in Rhode Island history, encompassing hundreds of volunteers from several states, years would pass before Foreman's body was found.

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