Life in prison for teen in deadly drive-by shooting

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Providence teenager was sentenced to life in prison for shooting two people in the city last year, killing one of them.

Joseph Taylor, 18, pleaded guilty to his role in a drive-by shooting on Wendell Street that claimed the life of Davon Taylor and injured Destiny Taylor, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin announced Tuesday. He has no relation to the victims, despite sharing a last name.

Under the terms of the plea deal, Taylor was sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years suspended with probation. He initially pleaded not guilty to numerous charges, including murder.

According to the AG’s office, prosecutors were prepared to prove that at about 4 p.m. on May 14, 2014, Taylor fired a .9mm firearm from the passenger side of a vehicle into another vehicle driven by Davon Taylor. Both the 20-year-old and his 15-year-old sister, Destiny, were struck.

Davon Taylor was killed and his sister, Destiny, was hurt during a shooting on Wendell Street in Providence. (Family Photos)
Davon Taylor was killed and his sister, Destiny, was hurt in the drive-by shooting. (Family Photos)

It was Destiny that identified Taylor as the shooter. Police believe he committed the shooting simply because they lived in a rival neighborhood.

“A young father and older brother is senselessly murdered over a meaningless and trivial turf war,” said Kilmartin in a statement. “Yet, the facts of this case – another inner city youth armed with a gun causing the death of another – are all too common. On his 18th birthday, Joseph Taylor chose to commit murder, and now he faces a life in prison, as he should for his reckless decisions and violent actions.”

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