PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Just a little more than a year after a Providence teen was gunned down at his girlfriend’s house in a case of mistaken identity, the case came to a close Tuesday, as the final two defendants learned their punishment.
Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause sentenced Seydina Ndoye, 20, of Providence and Alain Bedame, 19, of Pawtucket each to 70 years with 30 to serve for their roles in the murder of 17-year-old George Holland II.
Bedame and Ndoye were two of five suspects charged in connection with the crime. They pleaded guilty last year to second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder; and discharge of a firearm resulting in injury.
According to prosecutors, Bedame and Ndoye – along with co-defendants Ashner Alexis, and Robert Winston – obtained a shotgun from Anthony Moore and on Feb. 4, 2014 drove from Woonsocket to a home on Colfax Street in Providence. They said once the foursome arrived, Winston knocked on the window at Alexis’ instruction. Then when a shadowy outline of a person appeared Alexis fired the shotgun – killing the 17-year-old Holland.
“The eldest of 11 siblings, George Holland was on a path to graduate high school and be the first in his family to go to college, but that future was stripped away when he became the innocent victim of senseless violence,” said Attorney General Peter Kilmartin. “Fueled by revenge over stolen cash and a cell phone, the defendants in this case set in motion a series of events that eventually would end in murder.”
Alexis and Moore stood trial and were convicted in Holland’s murder. They were sentenced earlier this month to life sentences, plus 10 years for their roles in the murder. Robert Winston, who was a juvenile at the time of the killing, pleaded guilty last March to one count of assault with intent to commit murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder, and earlier this month was sentenced to 30 years with 26 to serve.