Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that Justice Andrade (age 23), of Providence, was sentenced this morning to consecutive life sentences plus 10 years, to run consecutively, for the July 2014 murder of Ty Shon Perry in the City of Providence.
Andrade was found guilty in January guilty of first degree murder, discharging a firearm while committing a crime of violence (murder), and possession of a firearm without a license after a trial presided over by Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause.
During the three-week trial, the State proved that in the early morning hours of July 19, 2014, Andrade shot 20-year-old Ty Shon Perry in the back with a .40 caliber semi-automatic weapon, causing his death. Perry died of a single gunshot wound.
Ty Shon, who was not associated with any criminal street gang, was attending a gathering at the residence of a relative on River Avenue in Providence at the time of the shooting. Shortly before 2:00 AM the defendant, who associated with members of the Chad Brown gang, learned the location of the gathering and opened fire at the group. There were no other injuries.
"The murder of Ty Son Perry, a young man with a promising future, is the latest victim of gang violence," said Attorney General Kilmartin. "We have seen too many innocent people get caught in the crossfire between rival gangs, which always ends with tragedy. It cannot be tolerated, and we will continue to work with our law enforcement partners in our urban communities to effectively investigate and successfully prosecute any individual who uses illegal firearms in advancing criminal street gang activities."
Providence Police Detectives Stephen Sullivan and Jason Simoneau led the investigation. Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the Criminal Division, Stacey Veroni and Special Assistant Attorney General Michael White, Jr., prosecuted the case on behalf of the Office of Attorney General.