Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that Miguel Davis (DOB: 1/24/89) was sentenced today by Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause to consecutive life sentences for the March 20, 2009 murder of his romantic rival Dominique Gay.
On February 22, 2013, a Providence County Superior Court jury found Davis guilty of murder and discharging a firearm while committing a crime of violence resulting in death, for which he was sentenced to a life sentence for each charge, to run consecutive, and carrying a .9 mm pistol without a license, for which he was sentenced to ten years, to run concurrent to the life sentences. The jury deliberated for two days following a 12-day trial presided over by Justice Krause.
"The sentence imposed today ensures that a violent criminal is taken off our streets for a very long time," said Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin. "Miguel Davis brazenly shot Dominique Gay at midday at a busy street corner, risking the lives of any number of innocent passersby. When illegal guns are brought into a volatile situation, the result – as in this incident – is all too often death. As a community, we have seen far too much senseless gun violence recently, and it must end."
During the trial, the State proved beyond a reasonable doubt that on March 20, 2009, Davis shot and killed Dominique Gay in broad daylight near the intersection of Porter and Broad Streets in Providence. The State proved that Davis and Gay were romantically linked to the same woman, which led to a rivalry among the two men that resulted in the murder of Gay.
Police and prosecutors linked the firearm to a stolen gun from Johnston that belonged to the grandfather of a female with whom Davis was romantically involved. The legal owner of the .9 mm reported the weapon stolen.
Providence Sergeant Michael Fallon and Detective Daniel O'Connell led the investigation for the Providence Police. Assistant Attorney General Randall White and Special Assistant Attorney General John Moreira prosecuted the case on behalf of the State.