Providence men sentenced for violent home invasion

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Two Providence men will serve time behind bars for their involvement in a home invasion in which a man and his daughter suffered gunshot wounds.

Evan Watson and Miguel Perez pleaded guilty to their roles in the violent incident on Forsyth Street last July, according to the office of Attorney General Peter Kilmartin.

Watson, 24, of Tobey Street, was sentenced to 40 years in prison with 30 to serve for assault, burglary, conspiracy and weapons charges.

Perez, 21, of Primrose Avenue, was sentenced to 40 years with 20 to serve for similar charges.

The state was prepared to prove Watson, Perez and three others burglarized the home armed with two handguns and a BB gun. At one point the men opened fire, striking the homeowner in the foot and his 18-year-old daughter in the hip.

“Thinking it would be an easy score, these five defendants stormed the home of an innocent family looking for cash. Too many young people in our urban communities have a romanticized notion of living like gangsters, armed with guns and causing mayhem, giving no thought to the real life consequences of their actions,” said Attorney General Kilmartin in a statement. “This is the type of senseless violence that must be met with stiff criminal penalties. These defendants wanted to live like gangsters, and now they can serve long prison sentences like a gangster.”

Tommy Ngo aka Tommy Bun, 24, Vypatda Sophan, 23, both of Providence, and Vanessa Potter, 23, of Central Falls, have also pleaded guilty and are waiting to be sentenced.

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