Man pleads guilty in deadly Federal Hill stabbing

Steph Machado | WPRI-TV

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — One of the men involved in a brawl that claimed the life of a Providence man two years ago was sentenced to prison Wednesday.

In a plea deal with the state, Justin Santerre pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree murder in the death of 22-year-old Satchel Ramos.

Police said Santerre killed Ramos in March of 2014 after Ramos and his brother tried to step in and break up a fight on Federal Hill.

“This defendant, who was armed with a knife, begins to stab Satchel Ramos,” Assistant Attorney General Scott Erickson said in court. “The result was that Mr. Satchel Ramos was stabbed six times.”

Ramos’ brother, Clyde, survived the attack.

Santerre, 34, of Fall River, also pleaded guilty to two counts of assault. He was sentenced to 60 years in prison with 40 to serve.

After admitting to killing Ramos, Santerre apologized to the victim’s family in court, saying he didn’t even know the man he’s now convicted of murdering.

“He was so young,” said Santerre. “My deepest apologies to your family and to your mom.”

The victim’s father accepted the apology and forgave the man who killed his son.

“I resolved on day two that nothing I could do or think would bring my baby, my son Satchel, back,” said Rafael Ramos.

Three other people were also indicted in the case. Eric Souza pleaded no contest to two counts of simple assault and was sentenced to a one-year suspended sentence.

William Lopes pleaded no contest to one count of assault with a dangerous weapon for kicking Clyde Ramos and was sentenced to eight years, with 271 days to serve.

Lisa Fisher was also indicted on a charge of misprision of a felony, but her case was dismissed.

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