Attorney General Peter F. Neronha announced that Andrew McLean (age 26), of Woonsocket, pleaded guilty on June 10, 2019, before Providence County Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause to one count of first-degree robbery, one count of conspiracy, one count of discharging a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, one count of assault with a dangerous weapon, and one count of carrying a pistol without a license.
Had the case proceeded to trial, the State was prepared to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that on October 23, 2015, McLean and two accomplices committed an armed robbery of a pawn shop on West Clifford Street in Providence. During the course of the robbery, the shop owner resisted and McLean, armed with a 9mm pistol, shot the owner in the head. The shop owner ultimately survived his injuries.
McLean is scheduled to be sentenced on July 24, 2019 in Providence County Superior Court.
Detectives Jason Simoneau, William Baldassare, and Jonathan Primiano of the Providence Police Department conducted the investigation into the case, and Assistant Attorneys General Joseph McBurney and Jeffrey Morin prosecuted the case on behalf of the Office of the Attorney General.