Murder suspect pleads guilty, sentenced to life in prison

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A man accused of shooting and killing a Providence father in his driveway changed his plea in Superior Court Thursday.

Judier Dixon, 20, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison. He was also sentenced to 20 years in prison on a weapons charge.

Investigators say Dixon opened fire and hit 46-year-old Richard Arenas three times in the head as he was working on a car outside of his Leah Street home back in June. He then fled to Alabama, where U.S. Marshals captured him.

Arenas’ family was present in court on Thursday, and many were wiping away tears as the Prosecutor spoke.

When Justice Robert Krause asked Dixon is he understood the prosecutors recitation of facts, Dixon answered “yes.”

He later turned to the gallery and very softly admitted what he’d done. He said he did not expect anyone to forgive him, and he added that he is familiar with what a broken home feels like.

Dixon also pleaded guilty to an unrelated Providence shooting in 2012.

Dixon will be eligible for parole after twenty years.


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