PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The five men accused in connection with the February killing of a Providence teenager appeared in court on Friday, and one of them entered a guilty plea, according to the Rhode Island attorney general’s office.
Ashner Alexis, 18, Alain Bedame, 18, Anthony Moore, 21, Seydina Ndoye, 19, were each indicted by a grand jury on one count each of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence. They are all charged in connection with the February shooting death of 17-year-old George Holland.
Robert Winston, 17, was also charged in Holland’s death. He was a juvenile at the time of the shooting, but he was recently waived out of Family Court and tried as an adult. He pleaded guilty on Friday to one count of assault with intent to commit murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder.
Winston is being held without bail pending his not-yet-scheduled sentencing date.
The four other suspects are scheduled for arraignment April 4.
Holland was shot through the window of a Colfax Street apartment on Feb. 4 and died at Rhode Island Hospital a day later. Police believe his killing was the result of misplaced gang vengeance – that the suspects in the shooting were targeting a different subject they believed would be present in the apartment that day.
According to testimony from an eyewitness, the five suspects – all of whom allegedly belong to a neighborhood gang – planned the attack in advance in order to “retaliate against the residence of 145 Colfax St.”
Police said testimony given by Bedame and Ndoye points at Ashner Alexis as the shooter. Bedame and Ndoye testified that they remained in the car while Alexis and Winston approached the window through which Holland was shot.
Holland, a Providence resident, was the oldest of 10 children. He played football at Central High School.
He was the third Providence homicide of 2014.