WOONSOCKET – Ex-convict Thomas G. Lamoureux was properly sentenced to seven years in prison for robbing his girlfriend and stabbing her brother while he was on probation for manslaughter in 2011, the state’s Supreme Court ruled.
Lamoureux, who was sentenced as a probation violator on the latter offenses, challenged the strength of the evidence in an appeal to the high court.
In a decision handed up Friday, the justices affirmed the sentence, saying prosecutors met the required standard of proof to uphold the charge that Lamoureux had violated his probation.
“The hearing justice correctly stated that he did not have to determine whether Lamoureux had assaulted David (Michaud) with a dangerous weapon to find that Lamoureux had violated his probation,” the high court said. “Correctly focusing on Lamoureux’s behavior rather than on the sufficiency of the evidence against him on the new charges, the hearing justice found that Lamoureux had ‘put himself into unseemly and probably criminal activities within twenty-four hours of each other.’”
In 1993, Lamoureux was charged with stabbing his older brother to death during what police described as a drunken argument over cocaine. Dennis Lamoureux was 36 years old at the time.
Thomas Lamoureux, now 52, was originally charged with first-degree murder, but he pled guilty to manslaughter the following year and was sentenced to 30 years in prison, with 10 to serve and 20 suspended, with probation.
The sentence from which he appealed was handed down after a pair of incidents involving two siblings, Joanne Michaud and her brother David, on Oct. 7 and 8, 2011. The incidents marked the third time since Lamoureux was released from the Adult Correctional Institutions that he had been charged as a probation violator, the high court observed.
Both siblings testified at the violation hearing. Joanne testified that on Oct. 7, Lamoureux arrived at her apartment uninvited and asked for money. When she declined, he cut the strap on a purse hanging from her shoulder with a pair of scissors, slapped her in the face and robbed her of $480.
Despite the attack, she accompanied Lamoureux to the Autumnfest celebration the following day. She told the court she normally uses a wheelchair and didn’t want to go to the festival alone.
While they were at the festival, she gave Lamoureux some money and they became separated. When she left the festival to attend a barbecue at her brother’s house later, Lamoureux was already there, and he was intoxicated.
When he was asked to leave, Lamoureux became enraged, punched her in the stomach, grabbed her by the throat and then threw her to the ground. Then he picked up a steak off the grill, threw it at Michaud’s brother, tore his shirt off and went after him with a knife. Michaud tried to defend himself but Lamoureux managed to cut him in the arm and stab him two times in the abdomen before he fled.