Joel Francisco, One Of First Prisoners Released Under Donald Trump’s Criminal Reform Act, Charged With Murder

A mugshot of murder suspect Joel Francisco.

Joel Francisco was one of the first prisoners in the United States released under Donald Trump’s criminal justice reform act, but now the Rhode Island man could be headed back to prison after being accused of fatally stabbing a man in a hookah bar.

As the Providence Journal reported, Francisco was released from federal prison in February under the bipartisan reform bill but found himself in a series of troubling incidents that culminated with an alleged stabbing. Federal prosecutors say Francisco committed first-degree murder in the stabbing death of 46-year-old Troy Pine on October 2, and that he also violated the terms of his supervised release by using drugs and trying to break into his ex-girlfriend’s home back in July.

Francisco was arrested in October by federal marshals at a motel in New Braunfels, Texas. Authorities said he was trying to flee to Mexico.

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