State Government Press Releases

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10/18/2019
Please note: An indictment, information, or complaint is merely an allegation. The U.S. Constitution guarantees that a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until found guilty in a court of law. On October 18, 2019, the Statewide Grand Jury returned an indictment charging Jeffrey...
10/17/2019
Attorney General Peter F. Neronha announced that Brian Luna (age 23), of Providence pleaded guilty in Providence Superior Court on October 11, 2019 to seven felony firearm and drug charges. Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause sentenced Luna to 10 years with six-and-a-half years to serve at the...
10/16/2019
Attorney General Peter F. Neronha announced that James Quinn (age 49), of Worcester, MA, pleaded nolo contendere in Providence County Superior Court on October 3, 2019 to one count of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl. Superior Court Justice Joseph A. Montalbano sentenced Quinn to 15...
10/08/2019
Attorney General Peter F. Neronha announced today that the Office of the Attorney General has filed a complaint in Rhode Island Superior Court alleging that the Town of West Warwick violated the Rhode Island Access to Public Records Act (APRA). The lawsuit requests that the Court order West...
10/04/2019
Attorney General Peter F. Neronha announced that George Dugas (age 55), of Woonsocket pleaded nolo contendere in Providence County Superior Court on October 1, 2019 to one count of first-degree child molestation. Dugas is scheduled to be sentenced on November 20, 2019 in Providence Superior Court.
09/25/2019
Attorney General Peter F. Neronha announced that Rachana Senghirann (age 23), of Attleboro, MA, pleaded nolo contendere in Providence County Superior Court on September 22, 2019 to two felony counts. Senghirann was sentenced to five years to serve at the Adult Correctional Institutions for a...
09/23/2019
President of Bright Sky Solar, LLC allegedly failed to pay wages totaling over $7,000 to four employees in 2018 Attorney General Peter F. Neronha and Rhode Island State Police Colonel James M. Manni announced that David Pelino (age 42), of Lincoln, was arrested on September 20, 2019 on...
09/13/2019
Attorney General Peter F. Neronha announced that Rashawn Banks (age 29), of Boston, MA, pleaded guilty in Providence County Superior Court to three felony counts and received a life sentence at the Adult Correctional Institutions for the June 17, 2018 murder of Jacorey Sanders in Providence. ...
09/13/2019
Attorney General Peter F. Neronha announced that Mark Persaud (age 29), Providence, pleaded nolo contendere on September 11, 2019, in Providence County Superior Court to two felony gun counts and was sentenced to seven and a half years at the Adult Correctional Institutions. Superior Court...
09/11/2019
Far too many lives have been lost or devastated in Rhode Island as a result of the opioid crisis. We have not agreed to the proposed settlement framework with Purdue Pharma. Before we could responsibly reach any agreement, we would need much more information about the financial holdings of Purdue...