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 April 17, 2005
Man gets 45 years in prison for murdering Rhode Islander
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NORWICH, CT - A California man has been sentenced to 45 years in prison for murdering his fiancee's ex-husband, a Rhode Islander.

Ronal Rivet faced life in prison for murdering Bristol-resident James Beattie Senior nearly two years ago. The 53-year-old was shot five times in the head. His body was found on Route Two in North Stonington, CT.

Rivet's fiancee maintains Rivet was acting in self-defense because her ex-husband was harassing her.

James Beattie Senior's brother Glen says the family feels justice has been served.

But Elizabeth Beattie, the ex-wife, pleaded for mercy. She says Rivet will appeal.
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