PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — One of the men convicted for his role in the murder of a Providence teen was sentenced to prison Wednesday.
A judge sentenced Robert Winston to 30 years in prison with 26 to serve – 16 years for assault and 10 for conspiracy – in the death of 17-year-old George Holland.
Holland, a Central High School football player, 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 – and that the suspects were targeting a different subject they believed would be present in the home.
Winston, who was a juvenile at the time of the crime, was tried as an adult and pleaded guilty to one count of assault with intent to commit murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder. He was one of five suspects charged in the case.
“I’m very sorry, from the bottom of my heart,” Winston said in court Wednesday.
According to the Attorney General’s office, prosecutors were prepared to prove that Winston, Ashner Alexis, Alain Bedame and Seydina Ndoye obtained a shotgun from Anthony Moore and drove to Providence. Prosecutors said Alexis and Winston got out of the car and Winston knocked on the window, then Alexis fired the shotgun when a person (Holland) appeared at the window.
“It’s painful,” said Holland’s guardian, Leah Seton. “I just hope they learn from what they did and see the impact it has on my family and the rest of the people who love and miss George.”
Moore, 22, was found guilty in October of providing the gun used in the killing.
In November, the state proved that Alexis was the gunman and he was convicted on murder charges.
Alexis and Moore are scheduled to be sentenced Thursday, while Bedame and Ndoye will face a judge next week.