Murderer denied parole; victim’s family celebrates

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Eugene DePina, who has already served more than 20 years in prison for murdering a Rhode Island man during a botched carjacking, learned on Monday that he would stay in jail for at least another two years.

The 1992 incident took place on Hancock Street in Pawtucket. According to the charges DePina pleaded guilty to, DePina, along with admitted accomplice Salomao Monteiro Jr., walked up to 25-year-old Fernando Silva’s car and pointed a handgun through his window. DePina and Monteiro told Silva to get out of the car, and then DePina fired a fatal bullet at Silva’s head.

Silva’s 11-month-old daughter was in the backseat throughout the entire altercation.

Monteiro, according to The Providence Journal, pleaded no-contest to second-degree murder in 1993. He was released on parole in 2004. DePina pleaded guilty to first-degree murder back in 1993 and has been serving a life sentence ever since. He was denied parole during a Monday morning hearing.

“His daughter was going to be one year old in about a week when they killed him,” Edmar Jesus, who married Silva’s widow a few years after the shooting, said to the parole board Monday Monday morning. “And they killed him for what? Just because he wanted to get home.”

“There was nothing I could do,” Jesus said while he recalled describing Silva’s death to his step-daughter. “I couldn’t bring her father back.”

Silva’s family said they were happy with the parole board’s decision. They said they understood that DePina would likely be granted parole at some point, but they were pleased that he would stay behind bars for at least two more years.

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