Category Archives: Rhode Island

Killed – Ryan Almeida (Pawtucket, RI)

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Pawtucket police have arrested a 20-year old man in Lewiston, Maine, for the Christmas Eve murder of Ryan Almeida, who was gunned down at the Galego Court housing complex.

The suspect, Daquan Watts, was arraigned on a charge of first-degree murder and conspiracy Thursday morning in Providence District Court. He did not enter a plea, as is customary at District Court arraignments.

According to a Pawtucket police affidavit signed by Detective Donti Rosciti, Almeida was fatally shot at 4:52 a.m. outside an apartment in the housing project. Rescue and police found him lying on the ground, and he was pronounced dead at Rhode Island Hospital.

Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that Daquan Watts, age 20, with a last known address of 26 Hollis Street, Providence, pleaded guilty today before Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause to first degree murder, discharge of a firearm death resulting, conspiracy to commit murder and carrying a pistol without a license.

Sentencing is scheduled for January 7, 2015.

Had the case proceeded to trial, the State was prepared to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that on December 24, 2013, Watts and Jose Lopez shot Ryan Almeida outside of an apartment complex in Pawtucket. Almeida died as a result of his injuries.

Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced today that a Providence County Superior Court jury found Jose “Gio” Lopez (age 18), with a last known address of 28 Joslin Street, Providence, guilty of the December 24, 2013 murder of Ryan Almeida. The jury found Lopez guilty of murder, discharging a firearm while in the commission of a crime of violence and conspiracy. Lopez was found not guilty of carrying a firearm without a license. The verdict was returned after approximately three hours of deliberations after a 12-day trial before Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause.

http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20140410/News/304109965

http://www.ri.gov/press/view/23316

http://www.ri.gov/press/view/23921

http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20131226/NEWS/312269948

http://www.pawtuckettimes.com/content/man-shot-death-near-galego-court

http://www.turnto10.com/story/25441155/i-team-teen-to-be-tried-as-an-adult-in-christmas-eve-killing

http://www.rebellofuneralhome.com/obituary/Ryan-E.-Almeida/Pawtucket-RI/1325948

http://patch.com/rhode-island/eastprovidence/almeida-ryan-e-21-born-in-providence

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/providence/obituary-preview.aspx?n=ryan-almeida&pid=168757949&referrer=519

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Killed – Male Teen – Eric Cuesta (Providence, RI)

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Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced today that Louis Pina, age 21, of Providence, pled guilty before Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause to the December 4, 2013 murder of 16-year-old Eric Cuesta. Under the terms of the plea agreement, with was reached with the approval of the victim’s family, Pina pled guilty to second degree murder, for which he was given a life sentence, and assault with a dangerous weapon, for which he was sentenced to 10 years to run concurrent.

Had the case proceeded to trial, the State was prepared to prove that early in the afternoon on December 4, 2013, Cuesta and a friend were driving in a van travelling eastbound on Adelaide Street toward Broad Street. At the same time, Pina and a friend were walking westbound on Adelaide Street. The van, in which Cuesta was the passenger, stopped a short distance from Pina and his friend. The two groups exchanged words and looks, at which time Pina withdrew his firearm – a .40 caliber Taurus semi-automatic handgun – and fired two shots at the van. One bullet struck and killed Cuesta.

“Words and looks of disrespect left a young man dead and his family to grieve over his loss. This entire episode was one of senseless violence with tragic consequences,” said Attorney General Peter Kilmartin.

The incident happened sometime around 1:30 p.m, after Cuesta and Pena, who knew each other, got into an argument. Cuesta was shot one time and brought to Hasbro Children’s Hospital in a private vehicle and was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival. Cuesta was still in high school.

http://www.ri.gov/press/view/23574

http://wpri.com/2014/05/28/murder-suspect-pleads-not-guilty-held-without-bail/

http://www.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/content/20131205-providence-police-identify-slain-boy-charge-man-with-murder.ece

http://www.abc6.com/story/24135686/teen-shot-and-killed-in-providence-during-broad-daylight

http://www.ri.gov/press/view/21893

http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Eric-Cuesta-97291325

http://nocera.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/05/the-gun-report-december-5-2013/?_r=0

http://www.abc6.com/story/24135686/teen-shot-and-killed-in-providence-during-broad-daylight

http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20131205/NEWS/312059958

http://www.turnto10.com/story/24136096/teenager-shot-to-death-in-providence

Killed – Edwin Rivera Jr. (Taunton, RI)

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Police are investigating a homicide that happened late Monday night in Taunton.

Police received a call around 11:40 p.m. Monday night regarding a man being struck by a CSX transportation train in the area behind 37 Cushman Street. They identified the victim as Edwin Rivera Jr., 24, of Taunton, and an autopsy concluded that he died as a result of gunshot wounds.

One man has been arrested in connection to the homicide. Flavio Daveiga, 21, of 15 Newcombe Place, was arrested today, and charged with accessory to murder before the fact and the obstruction of justice portion of the witness intimidation statute.

http://www.abc6.com/story/24087416/police-investigate-homicide-man-shot-and-struck-by-train

http://www.tauntongazette.com/article/20131127/News/311279880

http://www.turnto10.com/story/24086570/das-office-man-charged-in-taunton-shooting-death

http://www.myfoxboston.com/story/24090561/2013/11/28/police-taunton-man-fatally-shot-before-being-hit-by-train

http://www.patriotledger.com/article/20140102/News/301029906

http://www.enterprisenews.com/article/20140714/News/307159996

http://www.masslive.com/news/boston/index.ssf/2013/11/taunton_man_shot_before_being.html

http://www.pressherald.com/2013/11/29/taunton_man_died_of_bullet_wounds_/

Killed – Sharone Stafford (New Bedford, RI)

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NEW BEDFORD, MA- On Saturday around 11:30, Winsdor Street in New Bedford was lit up by police lights.

Witnesses tell Abc 6 that 31-year-old Sharone Stafford was found lying in the street, shot at least once.

According to witnesses, Stafford was shot in front of a home while he was inside his car. He then drove down the street, where another witness says Stafford crashed into a parked car.

After crashing, Stafford was somehow able to get out his car. He then collapsed on the street.

Two men are now being charged in connection with a murder in New Bedford.

31–year old Sharone Stafford was found lying on Windsor Street Saturday night, after people in the area reported hearing gun shots. Stafford was rushed to later died at the hospital.

21–year old Elito Mendes is charged with accessory to murder after the fact, carrying an illegal firearm, armed robbery, and the obstruction of justice portion of the witness intimidation statute, he was ordered held on a $150,000 cash bail. Mendes is due back in court next month.

27–year old Samir Baptista is also facing charges of accessory to murder before the fact, he was ordered held without bail. Baptista is also due back in court next month.

http://www.abc6.com/story/24057608/man-shot-and-killed-in-new-bedford

http://www.abc6.com/story/24068098/two-men-arraigned-in-connection-to-new-bedford-homicide

http://wpri.com/2014/03/20/cops-nab-4th-man-in-new-bedford-homicide/

http://www.masslive.com/news/boston/index.ssf/2014/03/new_bedford_resident_hailton_d.html

http://www.masslive.com/news/boston/index.ssf/2013/11/2_new_bedford_men_arrested_in.html

http://wpri.com/2014/02/28/new-bedford-man-indicted-on-murder-charges/

http://www.wcvb.com/news/local/boston-south/3rd-man-arrested-in-new-bedford-death/23182838

http://www.turnto10.com/story/24080190/new-bedford-police-arrest-third-suspect-homicide-case

http://www.wbur.org/2013/11/24/authorities-killing-new-bedford

http://www.masslive.com/news/boston/index.ssf/2013/11/2_new_bedford_men_arrested_in.html

Double Shooting – Killed – Luis Aquino (Providence, RI)

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Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that Jason King (age 22), with a last known address of 10 Valley Street, New Haven, CT, pleaded guilty on Monday before Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause to second degree murder and assault with a dangerous weapon for the November 4, 2013 shooting that killed Luis Aquino and injured Jonathan Garcia outside Club Mango in Providence. Had the case proceeded to trial, the state was prepared to prove that on November 4, 2013, Jason King, of New Haven, Connecticut, traveled from New Haven to Providence for the purpose of purchasing a large quantity of marijuana. Accompanying him were Lloyd Streater and another man from Willimantic, CT.

After arriving in Providence, King and Streater entered another vehicle on Public St, Providence, parked in front of the Mango nightclub. In the car were three men, including Luis Aquino and Jonathan Garcia. Aquino was the middle back seat passenger and Garcia was the right front passenger. After a disagreement erupted over the price and quantity of the marijuana, King alighted from the vehicle, withdrew a pistol and began shooting back into it, striking back seat passenger Luis Aquino four times and front seat passenger Jonathan Garcia once.

King and Streater fled the scene, taking the marijuana with them. Luis Aquino was driven to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. Jonathan Garcia was also taken to the hospital for his gunshot injury, treated, and released.

Through an extensive investigation by Providence Police, Jason King was developed as the suspect who shot and killed Luis Aquino and shot and injured Jonathan Garcia. He was apprehended on a warrant in Connecticut, waived extradition and was returned to Rhode Island wherein he was charged and thereafter indicted by a Providence County Grand Jury. Lloyd Streater was also later apprehended in Connecticut and charged in connection with this case. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy and possession of 1 to 5 kilograms of marijuana in April, 2014 and is awaiting sentencing.

A firearm found at the crime scene was traced to front seat passenger and victim of the assault, Jonathan Garcia. He pleaded nolo contendere before Magistrate John F. McBurney in July, 2014, and was sentenced on April 27, 2015 to 10 years, with 15 months to serve and the remainder suspended with probation.

Providence Police Detectives Daniel O’Connell, William Dwyer and Theodore Michael led the investigation. Assistant Attorney General (Retired) Randall White and Special Assistant Attorney General David Bonzagni prosecuted the case on behalf of the Office of Attorney General.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A man from New Haven, Conn., has pleaded guilty to the murder of a 28-year-old Providence man in a drug deal gone deadly in Elmwood in November 2013.

Jason King, 22, nicknamed “K-Slay,” pleaded guilty Monday in Superior Court to second-degree murder and assault with a dangerous weapon, for shooting and killing Luis Aquino and wounding Jonathan Garcia, 22, in an argument over marijuana.

King and two other men drove from Connecticut to Providence on Nov. 4, 2013, to buy a large quantity of marijuana, according to the Providence police and the attorney general’s office. They were meeting with Aquino and Garcia, who had recently been released from prison – Aquino on a sentence for dealing drugs and Garcia on a charge of breaking into a house.

They met with Aquino and Garcia, who were parked outside the Mango Club on Public Street. The men argued over the quality and price of the marijuana, and then, the police say, King opened fire on Aquino and Garcia. The men from Connecticut took the marijuana and fled, leaving Aquino dying and Garcia wounded.

King was arrested in Connecticut a month after the fatal shooting. As he fought extradition to Rhode Island, one of his conspirators, Lloyd Streater was shot in the head at a New Year’s Eve party in New Haven. Providence police Sgt. William Dwyer Jr. and detectives Daniel O’Connell and Theodore Michael went to investigate whether Streater was tied to Aquino’s murder. They returned and got a warrant for his arrest.

Streater pleaded guilty in April 2014 to conspiracy and possession of 1 to 5 kilos of marijuana. Both Streater and King are awaiting sentencing. A third man from Willimantic, Conn., who was with the pair, has not been charged.

A gun found at the scene was linked to Garcia, according to the attorney general’s office. After Garcia recovered from the shooting, he pleaded no contest to possessing a gun and was sentenced last month to 10 years in prison, with 15 months to serve and the rest suspended with probation.

http://www.ri.gov/press/view/24755

http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20150506/NEWS/150509545

http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20131105/NEWS/311059951

http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20140114/NEWS/301149957

http://wpri.com/2014/03/28/suspect-in-nov-murder-indicted/

http://www.turnto10.com/story/23879779/late-night-shooting-leaves-1-dead-1-injured

http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20131105/NEWS/311059987

http://thekeefefuneralhome.com/obituaries/obit_view.php?id=907

Double Shooting – Wounded – Man (Providence, RI)

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Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that Jason King (age 22), with a last known address of 10 Valley Street, New Haven, CT, pleaded guilty on Monday before Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause to second degree murder and assault with a dangerous weapon for the November 4, 2013 shooting that killed Luis Aquino and injured Jonathan Garcia outside Club Mango in Providence. Had the case proceeded to trial, the state was prepared to prove that on November 4, 2013, Jason King, of New Haven, Connecticut, traveled from New Haven to Providence for the purpose of purchasing a large quantity of marijuana. Accompanying him were Lloyd Streater and another man from Willimantic, CT.

After arriving in Providence, King and Streater entered another vehicle on Public St, Providence, parked in front of the Mango nightclub. In the car were three men, including Luis Aquino and Jonathan Garcia. Aquino was the middle back seat passenger and Garcia was the right front passenger. After a disagreement erupted over the price and quantity of the marijuana, King alighted from the vehicle, withdrew a pistol and began shooting back into it, striking back seat passenger Luis Aquino four times and front seat passenger Jonathan Garcia once.

King and Streater fled the scene, taking the marijuana with them. Luis Aquino was driven to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. Jonathan Garcia was also taken to the hospital for his gunshot injury, treated, and released.

Through an extensive investigation by Providence Police, Jason King was developed as the suspect who shot and killed Luis Aquino and shot and injured Jonathan Garcia. He was apprehended on a warrant in Connecticut, waived extradition and was returned to Rhode Island wherein he was charged and thereafter indicted by a Providence County Grand Jury. Lloyd Streater was also later apprehended in Connecticut and charged in connection with this case. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy and possession of 1 to 5 kilograms of marijuana in April, 2014 and is awaiting sentencing.

A firearm found at the crime scene was traced to front seat passenger and victim of the assault, Jonathan Garcia. He pleaded nolo contendere before Magistrate John F. McBurney in July, 2014, and was sentenced on April 27, 2015 to 10 years, with 15 months to serve and the remainder suspended with probation.

Providence Police Detectives Daniel O’Connell, William Dwyer and Theodore Michael led the investigation. Assistant Attorney General (Retired) Randall White and Special Assistant Attorney General David Bonzagni prosecuted the case on behalf of the Office of Attorney General.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A man from New Haven, Conn., has pleaded guilty to the murder of a 28-year-old Providence man in a drug deal gone deadly in Elmwood in November 2013.

Jason King, 22, nicknamed “K-Slay,” pleaded guilty Monday in Superior Court to second-degree murder and assault with a dangerous weapon, for shooting and killing Luis Aquino and wounding Jonathan Garcia, 22, in an argument over marijuana.

King and two other men drove from Connecticut to Providence on Nov. 4, 2013, to buy a large quantity of marijuana, according to the Providence police and the attorney general’s office. They were meeting with Aquino and Garcia, who had recently been released from prison – Aquino on a sentence for dealing drugs and Garcia on a charge of breaking into a house.

They met with Aquino and Garcia, who were parked outside the Mango Club on Public Street. The men argued over the quality and price of the marijuana, and then, the police say, King opened fire on Aquino and Garcia. The men from Connecticut took the marijuana and fled, leaving Aquino dying and Garcia wounded.

King was arrested in Connecticut a month after the fatal shooting. As he fought extradition to Rhode Island, one of his conspirators, Lloyd Streater was shot in the head at a New Year’s Eve party in New Haven. Providence police Sgt. William Dwyer Jr. and detectives Daniel O’Connell and Theodore Michael went to investigate whether Streater was tied to Aquino’s murder. They returned and got a warrant for his arrest.

Streater pleaded guilty in April 2014 to conspiracy and possession of 1 to 5 kilos of marijuana. Both Streater and King are awaiting sentencing. A third man from Willimantic, Conn., who was with the pair, has not been charged.

A gun found at the scene was linked to Garcia, according to the attorney general’s office. After Garcia recovered from the shooting, he pleaded no contest to possessing a gun and was sentenced last month to 10 years in prison, with 15 months to serve and the rest suspended with probation.

http://www.ri.gov/press/view/24755

http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20150506/NEWS/150509545

http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20131105/NEWS/311059951

http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20140114/NEWS/301149957

http://wpri.com/2014/03/28/suspect-in-nov-murder-indicted/

http://www.turnto10.com/story/23879779/late-night-shooting-leaves-1-dead-1-injured

http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20131105/NEWS/311059987

http://thekeefefuneralhome.com/obituaries/obit_view.php?id=907

Double Murder – Killed – Evelyn Burgos (Johnston, RI)

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The victims of a double homicide that claimed the lives of an abducted 2-year-old’s mother and grandmother have been pictured for the first time.

Evelyn Burgos, 40, and her daughter, Vanessa Perez, 25, are seen in newly released photos by Rhode Island’s Johnston police department after authorities say 28-year-old Daniel Rodriguez shot the couple before making off with Perez’s son.

Isaiah Perez was safely recovered late Sunday night after he was found wandering the streets alone outside a Providence housing project by a police officer, roughly 16 hours after his abduction.

Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced today that Daniel Rodriguez, age 28, of Johnston, , pleaded guilty before Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause and was sentenced to consecutive life sentences plus an additional 50 years for the August 2013 murder of Evelyn Burgos and Vanessa Perez and the kidnapping of two-year-old Isaiah Perez.

Had the case proceeded to trial, the State was prepared to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that on August 11, 2013, at approximately 4:00 a.m. Daniel Rodriguez, alias “Radio,” traveled to 3 Oak Tree Drive in Johnston, the residence of his ex-girlfriend, Evelyn Burgos, and her family. In his possession was a .357 Magnum. Armed with the revolver, Rodriguez entered the home through a rear window leading to a bathroom. Once in the house, he confronted Evelyn Burgos and her daughter, Vanessa Perez, in a child’s bedroom. An argument ensued between Rodriguez and Burgos and Perez. Present in the room were Burgos’ two youngest children, eight-year-old Abel “AJ” Perez and two-year-old Isaiah Perez, and three-year-old Janiyah Crowell, the daughter of Vanessa Perez.

During the course of the argument, Rodriguez used the .357 Magnum revolver he was carrying and shot Vanessa Perez in her upper left arm, in the left side of her face, which entered her brain, and in her upper chest, which entered her chest cavity and severed her aorta. Vanessa Perez died due to the lethal gunshot wounds. Rodriguez then turned the weapon on Evelyn Burgos and shot her a single time in the face, causing her death. She also sustained a grazing gunshot wound to her left cheek and to portions of her right arm. Vanessa Perez was dead by the time police arrived, but Evelyn Burgos succumbed to her injuries while being transported to the hospital.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/pictured-slain-mother-grandmother-rhode-island-amber-alert-recovery-2-year-old-article-1.1425536

http://www.ri.gov/press/view/21466

http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20140322/News/303229981

http://www.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/content/20130814-murder-victim-evelyn-burgos-victim-wrote-of-her-fears-i-thought-he-would-kill-me.ece?template=printart

http://wpri.com/2014/03/13/2-life-sentences-for-man-in-double-murder/

http://johnstonsunrise.net/stories/Fundraiser-honors-life-of-Evelyn-Burgos,85428

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/241655-evelyn-burgos-vanessa-perez-identified-as-victims-in-rhode-island-slayings-abduction/

http://www.turnto10.com/story/24966033/man-pleads-to-johnston-killings-gets-4-life-terms

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/08/12/rhode-island-homicie-victims-are-mother-and-daughter/xkzkMdWlM997kli3COSTVI/story.html

http://www.turnto10.com/story/23123789/man-accused-in-johnston-killings-abduction-held

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