Two sentenced to life in prison for 2019 Woonsocket murder

Robinson And St Pierre
Two of the three teenagers charged in a fatal 2019 Woonsocket shooting were arraigned in Providence Superior Court, Wednesday, March 24, 2021. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office said that two Woonsocket men were sentenced to life in prison after their involvement in a 2019 shooting.

Attorney General Peter Neronha said Wednesday that Quinton St. Pierre and Craig Robinson, both 20 years old, plead guilty to the murder of Nyasia Williams-Thomas.

St. Pierre was charged with the following:

  • One count of second-degree murder
  • One count of discharging a firearm while committing a crime of violence resulting in death
  • Two counts of discharging a firearm while committing a crime of violence
  • Two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon
  • One count of conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon
  • One count of carrying a pistol without a license

Robinson was charged with the following:

  • One count of second-degree murder
  • Two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon
  • One count of conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon
  • One count of carrying a pistol without a license

St. Pierre, Robinson, and co-defendant Jose Ortiz Martinez made a plan on Dec. 4, 2019 to retaliate against someone who had “offended Robinson in a series of text messages.”

Neronha said the three put on masks and carried guns while searching for their target’s car. When they found the vehicle, Robinson and St. Pierre fired their guns into the vehicle before taking off from the scene.

One of the shots hit Williams-Thomas in the chest, which killed her shortly after. She was not the trio’s intended target.

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