PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Providence man will be spending a considerable part of his life behind bars for firing a gun at his ex-girlfriend and another man in a jealous rage, injuring the latter.
Jose Lopez, 37, with a last known address of 49 Daniel Street, was sentenced Friday to a total of 70 years to serve, according to the office of Attorney General Peter Kilmartin.
It was revealed in court that in the early-morning hours of Dec. 1, 2012, Lopez drove to Chad Brown Street to confront his ex-girlfriend. Lopez pulled her out of the car and the two started arguing, when he pulled out a gun and fired it several times at the ground.
During this time, her passenger was able to exit the vehicle, run to safety, and call 911.
A love interest of Lopez’s ex-girlfriend then walked towards the parking lot and Lopez fired several shots at him, striking him in the leg, according to the AG’s office.
Lopez then put the gun to his ex-girlfriend’s head, neck, and stomach, pulling the trigger several times, but the gun failed to go off. When he went to reload, the woman was able to escape to her car. She picked up the injured man and drove off, soon running into Providence police.
Lopez was arrested a short time later.
“Fueled by jealousy and rage and armed with a loaded gun, this defendant set out to kill a woman who had spurned his advances. If not for the sheer luck that the gun failed to fire, and the bravery and wits of Ms. Perez for escaping in those terrifying moments, the outcome could have been much more tragic,” Attorney General Kilmartin said in a statement. “This sentence is just for a man who so carelessly and violently attempted to take the lives of two victims.”
A jury found Lopez guilty back on March 7. He was sentenced to 20 years on each of two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon; 20 years on one count of discharging a firearm while committing a crime of violence, resulting in injury; 10 years to serve on one count of discharging a crime of violence, resulting in no injury; all of which to be run consecutively. He was also sentenced to 10 years on one count of possession of a firearm without a license, which will run concurrently.