An angry Gov. M. Jodi Rell called again Monday for the legislature to pass a "three strikes'' law following the random killing of a 62-year-old woman who had been drinking coffee in New Britain at a friend's house.
"Yes, I am feeling furious,'' Rell said after summoning reporters to her Capitol office on short notice. "I am more angry than I can possibly tell you. But I am also governor of this state, and I will not act out of anger. What I will do - what I am doing - is telling you and every decent person in this state that I am also resolved. Connecticut will deal with this evil. And no other word is sufficient because it is evil that is confronting us.''
"The suspect in these slayings was not paroled,'' Rell said. "Let me be very clear about that. He was not paroled. In fact, he was denied parole in 2006. ... If ever, ever there was a time for a three strikes law in Connecticut, I believe the time is now.''
Although the suspect, Leslie Williams, is a convicted felon with a lengthy record, Democratic lawmakers said that he would not have been subjected to the "three strikes'' provision because he had not been convicted of three violent felonies. House Speaker James Amann, Rep. Michael P. Lawlor and Sen. Andrew McDonald all raised questions about Rell's statments because they said the Williams case has nothing to do with three strikes.