Rapist, Murderer To Be Released After Only 10 Years For 'Good Behavior'

Brian Rainwater was convicted of raping and killing his coworker, Jackie Cassettari.

Tracy, CA – The family of a woman who was brutally raped and murdered in 2005 was notified by letter that her killer will be released from prison early due to good behavior.

Brian Rainwater will be released back into the community where the family of his victim, 36-year-old Jackie Cassettari, still resides, KXTV reported.

"She was strangled, she was beaten so badly she had cuts all over her body, her wrists were slit and she was sexually assaulted," Cassettari’s cousin, Steffanie Cruser, told the news outlet. “I don't think that our family should have to suffer that. We've already suffered enough. Why should we have to suffer by seeing him daily?"

Cassettari’s body was discovered in her Livermore apartment by one of her family members on the evening of April 15, 2005, the East Bay Times reported.

A cord was wrapped around her face, chin, and left arm, and a plastic zip tie was cinched on her right wrist near a deep incision, according to court records.

Investigators determined she had been bludgeoned and strangled to death, KTXL reported.

Her killer also stole her credit card, cell phone, and the keys to her car and apartment, police said.

“The amount of blood that was in that kitchen, you had to watch where you walked, not only because the evidence but just…slipping. It was that bad,” retired Livermore Police Detective Dale Jaynes told KTXL. “It was one of the most gruesome scenes I’ve been in."

After murdering Cassettari, the killer used her phone to place nine calls to a dating service that allowed callers to engage in “sexual conversations” with other users, the East Bay Times reported.

Evidence in the case ultimately led investigators to Rainwater, who had been one of Cassettari’s coworkers.

The victim’s credit cards, driver’s license, and underwear were recovered during a search of his garage.

At the time of the murder, Rainwater was already serving three years on probation for a misdemeanor indecent exposure conviction, the East Bay Times reported.

In 2009, Rainwater pleaded no contest in connection with Cassettari’s murder, and was sentenced to 15 years in prison, KXTV reported.

“We wanted him to be in there for life," Cruser told KTXL. "We wanted him to suffer and then just never be able to see the light of day again.”

Det. Jaynes said he was stunned by the light sentence.

“I was very upset, to be honest with you,” the retired detective told KTXL. “With the injuries that she received, it was unbelievable that he was only going to get the sentence that he got.”

The family’s feelings of injustice were further compounded last week, when a letter showed up in the mail notifying them that Rainwater would walk out of prison five years earlier than expected, KXTV reported.

On top of that, he will be released to the same community where Cassettari’s family still resides.

According to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Rainwater was granted an early release for good behavior, as well as for taking college classes while in prison, KXTV reported.

"It doesn't make sense, while I would have to go into debt to get an education that he just got for free,” Cruser noted. “But I didn't murder anybody, but he did. And I didn't rape someone, but he did. So, it's just failed, the justice system has definitely failed.”

Cassettari’s family is now trying to convince the Department of Corrections to release Rainwater to somewhere other than their hometown, KXTV reported.

"We can't afford to pack up and move away because he's being released and we didn't do anything wrong," Cruser argued. "He should have to go somewhere else. He's the one that committed the murder. He's the one that spent time in prison. He should be the one that has to relocate."

Rainwater is due to walk out of prison on Nov. 7.

His wife, Desiree Rainwater, has continued to proclaim his innocence, and said his conviction was nothing more than “confirmation bias,” KTXL reported.

“They were looking for him to be the guy and anything else they weren’t interested in hearing,” Desiree declared. “He’s not a violent person and he was an amazing, loving, tender, gentle father.”

Comments (35)
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Thinblueline
Thinblueline

“Victim’s credit cards, drivers license and underwear were found in his garage” yet the wife thinks they have the wrong guy....pretty sure she won’t be around long either after this guy gets out. At least the family knows he’s getting out Nov. 7th.....🤔

JBo
JBo

"...Rainwater was granted an early release for good behavior, as well as for taking college classes while in prison..."

So now he's an educated murderer and rapist? What is this? California? Oh...wait. Never mind.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

Again, that’s November 7th.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Couple things:

  1. the sentence was light, however it was a plea agreement, and it was only 15 years. So getting out after serving 2/3 of his sentence is the norm for good behavior. Also, the sentence was agreed upon 15 years ago, so expressing your dissatisfaction with it's length is pretty much a waste of time and energy. They would be complaining in 5 more years anyway.

  2. I'm sure the victim's cousin's outrage over him getting an education is well placed. I mean, how dare a person make their time in prison productive. And I'm sure she can go to a community college to get an education, and not go into debt too badly.

  3. it's a fair request for DOC to place him somewhere besides his home town. Can they force a freed prisoner to avoid his hometown?

  4. the wife is an idiot, but love makes you blind to a person's faults

LEO0301
LEO0301

Read the headline and thought to myself, "self, this has to be in California" Sure enough... On that note, if this was my sister or wife who was murdered, this guy would be asking the jail to keep him the extra five years. A fifteen year sentence for what he did is insane and should never had happened. Lazy prosecutor who didn't want to go to trial.

jakki taylor
jakki taylor

I am thinking that good behavior is easy once the temptation to rape, murder and have phone sex has been removed, oh, and is indecent exposure a "thing" in prison? I hope he doesn't last long on the street.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

Rape, murder and phone sex are a daily occurrence in the prison, doubt his temptation is gone.

Danimyl
Danimyl

If a family member would to "accidentally point a gun at him" and "accidentally pull the trigger" I would have no problem voting not guilty if I was on the jury

MFLindsey
MFLindsey

If it were my family member killed I would want him released as soon as possible and as close to me as possible. . . This was one thing the Native American culture had exactly right. . .

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Thank you for showing these early releases of murderers! This practice has been going on for decades and must stop. Based on the cost of capital punishment, I say let them rot for life, without parole. Giving someone life for a crime where nobody was hurt, versus murderers getting out like this guy in 10 years, is stinkin thinkin.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Who paid for that free college degree? Some poor saps, who obey the law and have jobs, but don't have the time or money to afford a college degree.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

I just hope the killer stays in California.

fakenews777
fakenews777

as her father, I would have no choice but the put a bullet in his face the minute they let him out of his cage. Why would he get 15 years in the first place? Should have been the death penalty on the spot or life in the cage. Useless legal system, most judges are pussies. I don't give a damn about any criminals justice, I only care about the victims justice. He should be dead, in a cage or soon to be dead, nothing else.

MSK
MSK

You do this to one of my relatives and I’d be glad your getting out early and will be on the streets. (if u know what I mean)

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

Did he magically bring back his raped and murdered victim? Who ever paroled this dirty SOB should maybe take his remaining life sentence! They did the same thi g to my cousins wifes murderer! Daughter grew up without her birth mom and the last time I talked to the daughter, she was scared to death this asshole was getting out!

HFD120
HFD120

His wife is dumb as a box of rocks. All the physical evidence present and she still say he is innocent. And where in the world did the judge and/or jury come up with the sentence? Sentences longer than that for non violent crimes.

NomonK
NomonK

15 Year sentence for brutality murder and raping a person? What the hell and get out early on good behavior? Liberal Judicial System is so screwed up. I believe Judges should have leeway in sentencing because there can be some situations that need leeway BUT when one is convicted and sentenced to a time, let us use the 15 years this scumbag got. He should not get released early, ever. He should be there the 15 years if he has good behavior. If they don't have good behavior, every write up with conviction adds months to the conviction. Prison should be based on two directions PUNISHMENT & CORRECTION nothing else. Correction has many pathways. Counseling as well as Treatment.

bryantrent
bryantrent

Some body will get him

Raymelson
Raymelson

If it were my sister he would be a walking dead man

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

Absolutely infuriating!!! I pray for her family, smh 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

Gramercy
Gramercy

LOCK HIM UP AGAIN BEFORE PAROLE AND THROW AWAY THAT KEY..BEFORE HE ACTS OUT AGAIN...ON THE OTHER HAND, JUST WAIT..HE WILL BE TAKEN CARE OF IN GOOD TIME ON THE OUTSIDE!

Stanracer
Stanracer

Calicrazy. What a shithole of a state to live in.

vwiles34
vwiles34

For his last couple of weeks in prison put him in another prison in general population and pass the word he's a rapist & murderer but insinuate his victim was a child and that he was suspected of others. Problem solved before the 7th gets here Bubba and his buddies will have taken care of matters.

Vrodgirl
Vrodgirl

I knew this was California as soon as I read the headline. If they paroled him to my neighborhood I'd make sure his face and crimes were posted all over town especially where he lived. It's easy to "behave good" when you're in a controlled environment. This is another example of the innocent being punished long after the crime is resolved.

DNW
DNW

Seems odd they would have plea bargained over such a brutal crime to begin with.

adammcculler
adammcculler

They will be finding his body for weeks.