PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — One of the four men charged last year’s triple homicide in Providence pleaded guilty in court on Tuesday.
Russell Burrell, 18, potentially faces six consecutive life sentences after pleading guilty to shooting and killing Sheemeka Barrows, 22, Michael Martin, 23, and Damien Colon, 22, last July. Burrell was 17 at the time of the shootings, but he was arraigned as an adult in October of last year.
According to the court, Burrell, along with Quandell Husband, 16 at the time, and Timothy Debritto, 26, broke into a General St. apartment that victims Martin and Barrows shared on July 30, 2012 with the intent of committing a robbery. Martin, the court said, was suspected of selling marijuana in the neighborhood, making him “an easy target for a robbery.”
Burrell admitted on Monday that he entered the apartment and shot and killed Martin and Colon. He also admitted that he shot Barros – Martin’s girlfriend – after he heard her wake up in the living room.
Burrell’s sentencing date was schedule for Feb. 28.
Husband, now 17 and being tried as an adult, and Debritto both pleaded not guilty back in March. Husband is being held without bail, while Debritto is serving a 50-year prison sentence for a separate crime – the shooting and killing of a “romantic rival” in May of 2012. They are each still awaiting trial.
A fourth man, 19-year-old Donovann Hall, pleaded guilty in March to planning the robbery. His sentencing date has not yet been scheduled.