Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin today announced that Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause sentenced Bruce Moten (age 27), of Providence, to consecutive life sentences plus 70 years for the October 22, 2014 gangland shooting in Providence that left Terry Robinson dead and Delacey Andrade injured.
Moten was found guilty after trial in October of murder, two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, discharge of a firearm resulting in death, discharge of a firearm resulting in injury, discharge of a firearm resulting in no injury, conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon, and possession of a firearm without a license.
Two other co-defendants – Henry Lopez, of Providence, and Tevin Briggs, of Cranston - previously pleaded guilty to their role in the murder and are awaiting sentencing.
Moten, Lopez, and Briggs are members of the YNIC criminal street gang.
During the trial, the State proved that on the morning of October 22, 2104, Henry Lopez received a phone call informing him that rival Chad Brown gang members Terry Robinson, Delacey Andrade, and Kendrick Johnson were in a black Toyota Camry at a PC Mart on Douglas Avenue.
Armed with a .9 mm and a .45 caliber pistol, Lopez, Moten, and Briggs drove to the vicinity of the rival gang members. Lopez, the driver, dropped off Moten and Briggs just outside the Chad Brown housing projects. Wearing black hooded sweatshirts, Moten and Briggs walked towards a parking lot on Fillmore Street where they spotted the black Toyota. As Kendrick Johnson exited the motor vehicle, Moten and Briggs opened fire on the motor vehicle and its occupants.
After discharging several rounds, Moten and Briggs ran back to Lopez's black Infinity and the three fled the scene.
Terry Robinson was struck in the head with a bullet, causing his death. Delacey Andrade was struck in the buttocks. Kendrick Johnson was not hit by gun fire.
After the shooting, Lopez drove to a house located at 49 Tappan Street, Providence where the three hid the firearms used in the shooting. Lopez then instructed the occupant of the residence to drive the black Infinity to a house on Alaska Street, Providence. Shortly after the shooting, Providence Police Detectives located the suspect vehicle in the driveway of the Alaska Street residence.
A subsequent search of the motor vehicle revealed it belonged to Lopez. Police also found paperwork from Providence County District Court that belonged to Moten, indicating he paid a fine at District Court that morning, which coincided with surveillance footage from the Court.
"Let me be very clear; we have no space or time for those who shoot up our neighborhoods with zero regard for the law or the innocent people who may get caught up in the cross fire," said Attorney General Kilmartin. "
Providence Police Sergeant Christopher Currier and Detective Sergeant Fabio Zuena led the investigation. Assistant Attorney General John Moreira and Special Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Morin prosecuted the case on behalf of the Office of Attorney General.