Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that Araya Brinkley (age 54), of Providence, pleaded guilty today before Superior Court Justice Netti C. Vogel to the May 23, 2015 stabbing death of 41-year-old Troy Henderson of Providence. Brinkley changed his plea to guilty as the trial was set to begin today. He is scheduled to be sentenced on November 27, 2017.
Had the case proceeded to trial, the State was prepared to prove that at approximately 2:30 a.m. on May 23, 2015, Brinkley and Henderson engaged in a verbal argument inside the 7-11 store near Kennedy Plaza. The argument continued outside the store where Brinkley stabbed Henderson 15 times.
After the stabbing, Brinkley sped away on his bicycle, but was apprehended a short time later by a Providence Police officer.
Providence Police Detectives John Primiano and Angelo A'vant led the investigation and Special Assistant Attorneys General Peter Roklan and Michael White prosecuted the case on behalf of the Office of Attorney General.