According to court documents Craig Price would break into the home of 27-year-old Rebecca Spencer who he would stab 58 times
Two years later Craig Price would murder 39-year-old Joan Heaton who he would stab 57 times, her 10-year-old daughter Jennifer who was stabbbed 62 times, and crushed the skull of Heaton’s 7-year-old daughter Melissa who was also stabbed 30 times
Craig Price would be ultimately be arrested and would confess to the four murders. Price would joke that Rhode Island would have to let him go by the time he was twenty one years old and he would make history. Unfortunately he was right and Rhode Island would change the law soon after however it could not be applied to the Price case
However Craig Price would stack up a ton of charges that would lead to more criminal charges in Rhode Island keeping him behind bars. Eventually Rhode Island had enough of Price and he was transferred to a prison in Florida where he would later stab a fellow inmate and sentenced to an additional twenty five years in prison
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Craig Price Case
A Florida judge on Friday sentenced infamous serial killer Craig Price, who terrorized Warwick in the 1980s, to serve 25 years in prison for trying to murder a fellow inmate.
Price, 45, agreed to plead guilty to a charge that he stabbed inmate Joshua Davis with a homemade, 5-inch knife blade at the Suwannee Correctional Institution, according to the Suwannee County Clerk of the Circuit Court’s office. He received a 25-year sentence on that charge, plus 10 years’ probation, according to Assistant State Attorney Sandra L. Rosendale.
He received 10 years’ probation for possession of contraband. The probation terms are concurrent, but will be served consecutively to his prison sentence, Rosendale said.
Price agreed to waive 524 days of good-time credit, the clerk’s office said.
If Price violates his probation upon his release, he could be sent back to prison to serve a sentence up to life, Rosendale wrote in an email.
He agreed to be classified as a habitual felony offender.
Rhode Island prosecutors praised the resolution of the case.
“We are extremely grateful for the excellent work by the Third Judicial Circuit of Florida State Attorney’s Office on this case,” Kristy dosReis, spokeswoman for Attorney General Peter F. Neronha’s office, said in an email statement. “It has been clear from the beginning that our Florida colleagues knew how significant this case was to Rhode Island. We are also grateful that, for purposes of public safety, Mr. Price has been sentenced to a long sentence based on his latest acts of violent criminal misconduct.”
Price’s lawyer, Michael Bryant, declined comment.
Documents indicate that Price entered Davis’ cell on April 4, 2017, and repeatedly stabbed him. Davis fled, but Price tackled him and continued the attack. Authorities say the premeditated assault was caught on video and that Price intended to inflict mortal wounds.
Price was arraigned in August 2017, but had refused to enter a plea, instead reserving his right to challenge the legal sufficiency of the charging document, prosecutors said. His trial was repeatedly delayed and, in November, his lawyer sought to get a competency assessment.
Price is perhaps Rhode Island’s most notorious criminal. In 1989, at age 15, he admitted to stabbing and bludgeoning his neighbors — Joan Heaton and her daughters, Melissa and Jennifer — in the Buttonwoods neighborhood of Warwick. He also admitted to committing the unsolved murder of another neighbor, Rebecca Spencer, two years earlier, when he was 13.
Under state law at the time, Price could not be tried and sentenced as an adult, meaning he would have been released from juvenile detention at age 21. He has since been held on a raft of charges, including contempt of court and assault on correctional officers in Rhode Island.
Price’s Rhode Island sentence ran out in October 2017, according to the state Department of Corrections. The Rhode Island attorney general’s office filed a probation violation petition against Price related to a previous Florida assault, a spokeswoman there has said