A Rhode Island man shot and killed an innocent teenager while on a quest for revenge.
Now, he will spend the rest of his life in prison.
Recently, Rhode Island Superior Court Judge Robert D. Krause handed Craig Robinson, 20, a life term in prison for the shooting death of 17-year-old Nyasia Williams-Thomas. Robinson pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, conspiring to commit assault with a dangerous weapon and gun possession without a license.
On Dec. 4, 2019, Robinson and his co-defendant, Quinton St. Pierre, 20, shot and killed Williams-Thomas outside the Plaza Village apartment complex. The victim had been sitting in a car with two other occupants, including a 14-year-old who was the intended target because of a prior robbery.
Robinson and St. Pierre shot into the car's passenger side, killing Williams-Thomas, reported The Providence Journal.
Both suspects were 17 years old at the time.
As a result, Robinson and St. Pierre were tried as adults after their cases were waived at the juvenile court due to the brutal nature of the crime. Another co-defendant, Jose Ortiz Martinez, who was present during the commission of the crime, was sentenced to 10 years in prison with six years suspended and 10 years probation after he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit robbery.
“Petty disputes and illegal firearms in the hands of individuals all too willing to use them remains a toxic mix, resulting in too many senseless deaths in Rhode Island. That is precisely the scenario here, and as a result, a young woman, with her entire life ahead of her, has been lost to her family and her community,” said Attorney General Peter Neronha.
“Nothing will bring Nyasia Williams-Thomas back to her family, but it is my hope that these significant sentences will bring them a measure of justice. I am grateful to the Woonsocket Police Department for their outstanding work and partnership during the investigation and prosecution of this case.”
Krause sentenced Robinson to consecutive terms of 10 years and five years in prison for the assault with a dangerous weapon and gun possession without license convictions.
St. Pierre also pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison.