PORTLAND (AP) – The man accused in the abduction and killing of a Colby College senior told a parole board last year he was worried he might commit new crimes if he didn’t get therapy.

“I really don’t want to be just turned loose, because then I can get out of doing what I know I need to do,” Edward Hackett told a Utah parole board before his release from prison in that state.

“I’ve always done better with somebody there than I do without anybody. You know, on my own, I don’t do very well,” Hackett told the Utah parole board.

Hackett, 47, was arraigned in a Maine court last week on charges of kidnapping and killing 21-year-old Colby College senior Dawn Rossignol of Medway. Rossignol was abducted from a parking lot on the college’s Waterville campus.

The Maine Sunday Telegram cited tapes of parole hearings in 1995 and 2002 that shed light on Hackett’s criminal history, rehabilitation and state of mind during a decade in prison before his release last March.

State corrections officials, citing a confidentiality policy, are not saying whether Hackett received therapy as he had requested.

Hackett was sentenced to up to 15 years for the kidnapping of a woman from a Salt Lake City parking garage in 1992. He served the first two years of that sentence at a Utah mental hospital.

At Hackett’s first parole hearing in 1995, he said he had no recollection of the 1992 attack or the following several weeks. He said he did not want to be paroled to the outside world, but sent instead to the state mental hospital where he had been for two years.

“I’ve been a screw-up all my life and I never really seen an out because I have no education, I have no trades and there was never anything for me to look forward to,” he said.

Hackett was not released after that hearing, and over the next several years he participated in programs in prison to learn impulse control, anger management, coping skills, life skills and to treat his substance abuse, according to the tape.

During his second hearing in March 2002, Hackett was upbeat about his progress.

Hackett said that after years of being overmedicated or undermedicated, he felt his current medicine was working well.

He also talked about his intention to join his parents in Maine when he got out of prison.

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