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Massachusetts man sentenced to 5 years at the ACI for 2018 drive-by shooting

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 January 21, 2018 drive-by shooting in Providence.

Superior Court Justice Kristin E. Rodgers sentenced Senghirann to a 12-year sentence with five years to serve at the ACI and the balance suspended with probation after he pleaded nolo contendere to one count of committing a drive-by shooting 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 sometime on January 21, 2018 Senghirann, while in the passenger seat of a minivan, fired a .38 Special revolver at another vehicle while in the area of Douglas Avenue in Providence.

On that date, Providence Police officers in the area of Veazie Street and Douglas Avenue heard a series of gunshots and subsequently witnessed a sedan speeding and driving erratically, closely followed by a white minivan with its driver side sliding door completely open. Officers pulled over the minivan and, while conducting a search, found a revolver under the driver's seat. Senghirann later admitted the revolver was in his possession and that he fired it from the vehicle.

Patrolman Scott Campbell and Detectives David Harrington and David Perez of the Providence Police Department led the investigation into the case and Special Assistant Attorney General Alison Bittl prosecuted the case on behalf of the Office of the Attorney General.


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