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Thomas Alejo Pleads Guilty to May 2013 Shooting of Linda Harrison and Carlos Gonzalez

Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that Thomas Alejo (DOB:9/20/72), with a last known address of 526 Park Street, Cranston, pleaded guilty today before Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause to shooting his estranged wife Linda Harrison and her new boyfriend Carlos Gonzalez on May 29, 3013.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, Alejo pled guilty to two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon (ADW), two counts of discharging a firearm during a crime of violence and one count of possession of a firearm after being previously convicted of a crime of violence. Alejo was sentenced to 15 years to serve on each of the ADW counts, to run concurrently with one another; a 20 year non-parolable suspended sentence with probation on the each of the discharge of a firearm counts to run consecutive to the ADW counts; and five years to serve, to run concurrent, on the possession of a firearm count.

Had the case proceeded to trial, the State was prepared to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that on May 29, 2013, the defendant shot Linda Harrison and Carlos Gonzalez with a .45 caliber handgun.

On that day, the defendant went to a karate studio at 687 Park Avenue, Cranston to drop off his daughter and her friend. His estranged wife, Linda Harrison, was there waiting for her own children to finish their session. Ms. Harrison was sitting on the curb in front of the studio with her friend Carlos Gonzalez.

The defendant pulled up in his pick-up truck, approached Ms. Harrison and began to argue with her. Mr. Gonzalez was not pleased with the defendant's tone and asked the defendant to speak nicely. In a rage, the defendant got in his truck and told them that he'd be back.

Fifteen minutes later, Alejo returned with a .45 caliber handgun. He pointed and shot the gun at Mr. Gonzalez and missed. Mr. Gonzalez attempted to flee. After a short chase, Alejo shot Mr. Gonzalez in the neck, knocking him down. The defendant then fired a third shot at Mr. Gonzalez, hitting him in the leg.

Ms. Harrison ran to the sound of the gunfire and saw the defendant lower the gun at her. She turned and tried to run away, but she was shot in the buttocks by the defendant.

Mr. Alejo fled the scene. After a manhunt led by the Cranston PD, the defendant was located through his cell phone at a relative's house in Warwick.

Cranston Police Detectives Donald Bucci and Anthony Massimino led the investigation for the Cranston Police. Assistant Attorney General and chief of the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Unit Daniel Carr Guglielmo prosecuted the case on behalf of the Office of Attorney General.

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Department or agency: Department of the Attorney General

Online: http://www.riag.ri.gov/

Release date: 01-17-2014

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