A 35 year old Newport woman, strangled to death by her boyfriend, might not have died completely in vain because the murder of Alexandra Prezioso convinced local law enforcement that once strangled, a survivor needs to seek safety and shelter to ensure it doesn’t happen again. Sadly, in this case, the second strangle took her life.
Prezioso’s boyfriend, Ryan Gaskins, 28, initially strangled Ms. Prezioso a number of months earlier. But she survived the ordeal. He served prison time. After parole he strangled her again, but this time to death. Prezioso’s body was found under a mound of bloody clothes in her Newport apartment.
After Gaskins was sentenced to life in prison for killing Prezioso, the prosecuting deputy district attorney, in a moment of deep reflection, told the judge that state laws dealing with strangulation aren’t tough enough – that in the event of strangulation the punishment and post release rules must be far more strict because statistically, someone who strangles once is seven times more likely to do it again.
Gaskins will serve at least 25 years of a life sentence.