Judge grants early release for ex-police chief

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Former North Providence Police Chief John Whiting is out of prison after a Superior Court judge ruled on a motion to reduce his sentence.

Whiting was released on probation Friday after serving just shy of two months of his six-month sentence at the ACI.

“Physically and emotionally, he clearly is a different man. And sentences are about fairness and justice – not just pure retribution to just grind someone,” said RI Superior Court Judge Daniel Procaccini.

He reported to prison in June after being found guilty in 2012 of stealing $714 from Justine Cardoza’s purse when a pursuit of her vehicle ended in a crash. Cardoza was working as a stripper at the time of the incident.

Earlier this week, Whiting was given home confinement for the rest of his sentence, but was returned to the ACI after the Department of Corrections argued he had not served the required three-quarters of his sentence.

“I’d hoped to use home confinement in this case. It’s now been rejected by the Department of Corrections. After the court had been informed that Mr. Whiting was accepted,” Procaccini said.

The state’s sentencing benchmarks do not recommend prison time for first-time felony larceny offenders, but the judge said he wanted to make an example out of Whiting when he handed down his sentence.

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