Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that Ephraim Durrett (age 25), of Providence, was sentenced this morning to 69 years, with 18 years to serve and the remainder suspended with probation, for a brazen home invasion in Providence from May 2013. Durrett pleaded guilty on September 19, 2016 before Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause to one count of first degree robbery, one count of assault with a dangerous weapon, and one count of conspiracy.
Had the case proceeded to trial, the State was prepared to prove that on May 6, 2013, Durrett, wearing a black ski mask on his face and armed with a gun, broke into a residence on Andem Street, occupied by a family with three children, with the intent to commit robbery. During the robbery, Durrett pistol whipped and punched the mother when she attempted to protect her children.
Through the investigation, Providence Police identified Durrett as the perpetrator. The firearm used in the assault and robbery was never recovered.
Providence Police Detective Ron Riley led the investigation and Special Assistant Attorney General Peter Roklan prosecuted the case on behalf of the Office of Attorney General.