Attorney General Peter F. Neronha announced that Xavier Vidot (age 19), of Cranston, was sentenced on April 1, before Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause to life in prison, having been found guilty of one count of second-degree murder and one count of discharging a firearm causing death. Vidot was found guilty by a jury of his peers on October 12, 2018, after a nine-day trial. The charges stem from a 2017 incident that claimed the life of Valdez Loiseau.
Vidot received a 24-year sentence at the ACI for the second-degree murder charge. He also received a life sentence for the discharge of a firearm causing death, which will run consecutively to his sentence for second-degree murder.
Melonie Perez, the mother of Vidot, was also sentenced today before Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause to six months at the ACI after pleading guilty to one count of failure to report a crime. She was also fined $1,000. The charge stems from the same incident in which her son was found guilty of murder.
During the trial, the State proved that on July 17, 2017, after a prolonged argument between Vidot, Loiseau, and Perez at 15 Edgewood Avenue in Cranston, Vidot shot Loiseau in the chest and head with two different firearms, causing his death.
Cranston Police Detective Anthony Massimino led the investigation and Special Assistant Attorneys General Robert Johnson and Kimberly Ahern prosecuted the case on behalf of the Office of the Attorney General.