Shooter in 2019 Woonsocket murder sentenced to 40 years

Claude Holland

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WLNE)- The shooter in a 2019 murder in Woonsocket was sentenced on Tuesday to serve 40 years at the ACI.

The Attorney General’s office said that 28-year-old Claude Holland plead guilty to the following:

  • Second-degree murder
  • Use and discharge of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence
  • Possession of a pistol without a license

On January 13, 2019 Holland shot Christopher Archambault with a pistol in a parking lot on East School Street.

Holland had pulled the pistol on Archambault, at which point Archambault turned and tried to run. Holland then shot him in the back, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down.

Archambault died months later from complications directly connected to the gunshot wound.

“The defendant committed a senseless act of gun violence and will now spend a significant portion of the rest of his life in prison. I commend the Woonsocket Police Department and prosecution team for their work on a complicated and important case,” said Attorney General Peter Neronha.

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