Man convicted of killing 2 Rhode Islanders in 2000 requests release from prison due to COVID-19

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JOHNSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — The man behind the murder of two people at a Rhode Island golf course is asking to be released from prison.

In 2000, Jason Burgeson, of Lakeville, Mass., and Amy Shute, of Coventry, R.I., were carjacked in Providence and driven to Button Hole Golf Course where they were blindfolded and told to turn over their cash. After handing over a total of $18, Greg Floyd shot and killed the two.

Floyd is now asking for a compassionate release due to concerns of COVID-19 circulating in his prison.

Burgeson’s sister, Kellie Burgeson-Surdis, says the night her brother was killed, there was no empathy and Floyd should not be asking for this request.

“They were hugging and crying and begging for their life,” she said. “And Floyd pulled the trigger.”

Floyd and four other men were involved in the incident and convicted, though Floyd admitted to pulling the trigger. Now, he is in Federal Prison in North Carolina.

Burgeson-Surdis says she received a letter from the prison warden on Friday, stating they should let them know if they had objections to Floyd’s release — she says Floyd’s own testimony speaks for itself.

“He admitted in his own testimony, ‘I felt nothing when I pulled the trigger. They were begging for their lives, and I felt nothing,'” she recalled.

The Burgeson family FedExed their letter on Saturday so it would arrive by Tuesday’s deadline. Now they must wait and see if it will have any impact on Floyd’s prison status.

“I don’t think there should be any compassion when it comes to his release,” Burgeson-Surdis said.

Peter Barletta starting working at the Wyatt Detention Center just one month after the gruesome killings took place. Barletta says in his 12 year tenure, he transported Floyd from the ACI in Cranston to his various court appearances. He says he never spoke with Floyd, and that his look said enough.

“I believe he may do something again, because he was evil. Pure evil,” Barletta said. “You could look in his eyes and he had no remorse for what he did. None of them did, actually.”

Barletta also dealt with the other four men involved, who were held at the Wyatt. He says Floyd wasn’t transferred there until much later.

“I’ve never seen anything that heinous in the 12 years [I worked there],” Barletta said. “I mean there was some pretty bad criminals we did house, but that was one of the definitely top five heinous acts that I was around.”

NOTE: A previous version of this story said both of the victims were from Rhode Island. It’s been corrected to say Burgeson was from Lakeville, Mass.

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