Pawtucket man sentenced for 2020 gang-related shooting

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Attorney General Peter Neronha said a Pawtucket man was sentenced Thursday to serve 15 years for his role in a gang-related shooting in 2020.

Devonte Teixeira pled no contest to one count of felony assault, one count of discharge of a firearm when committing a crime of violence, and one count of carrying a pistol without a license.

The 23-year-old was accused of shooting an individual on August 25, 2020 after following them home due to an argument. The victim was struck in the abdomen, back, and hand and was transported to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment.

Teixeira was later interviewed by police on September 1, 2020 and confessed to the shooting, saying it was due to “an ongoing dispute between neighborhood gangs.”

Neronha added that the defendant sent messages over Facebook confirming his role in the shooting.

Teixeira was sentenced to 35 years, with 15 years to serve at the Adult Correctional Institutions and a consecutive 20-year non-parolable suspended sentence with 20 years probation. there is also a No Contact Order between Teixeira and the victim.

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