Providence man found guilty of killing girlfriend, stuffing body in refrigerator

Nathan Cooper is seen in Providence District Court, Wednesday, March 23, 2022. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — A Providence man was found guilty of murder in the death of a woman who’s body was found in a refrigerator last year.

A jury found 54-year-old Nathan Cooper guilty of second degree murder and other charges in the death of his girlfriend, 40-year-old Sherbert Maddox.

Cooper is currently at the Adult Correctional Institutions. He is waiting to be sentenced.

On March 22, 2022, Maddox’s family flagged down officers to a Parkis Avenue apartment, where they told police they feared she had been killed.

Investigators said they found her body wrapped in several layers of plastic wrap and bedding in a refrigerator that had been moved from the kitchen to the bedroom and tied shut with cord.

They found that she had died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

Police found a revolver and a shotgun in the apartment.

They believe Maddox’s body was in the home for at least two days before she was found.

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