Woonsocket man sentenced to prison for violent crime spree

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Woonsocket man was sentenced to prison Wednesday for a string of crimes in the city that included the shooting of four people.

Zackary Alvarado pleaded guilty in March to charges related to the shooting, as well as multiple robberies and assaults that took place over a four-month period in 2015.

Alvarado, 20, was sentenced to 55 years in prison with 35 to serve and the remainder suspended with probation.

A warrant was issued for Alvarado’s arrest after four people were shot in two separate incidents last June. He surrendered to police later that day.

“Armed with an illegal firearm, Zachary Alvarado was a one-man crime spree who wrought havoc through the city of Woonsocket,” said Attorney General Kilmartin. “Today’s sentence sends a strong message that gun violence in our communities will be met with stiff criminal penalties.”

Had the case gone to trial, Kilmartin’s office said prosecutors were prepared to prove that Alvarado robbed the Metro PCS store on Main Street at gunpoint three times in March and April of last year, firing his weapon into the air on one occasion.

In June, prosecutors said he robbed the Metro PCS store on Social Street, this time firing his gun into the front desk.

Later that week, the state said Alvarado shot two people in a parking lot off River Street and two more on Bernon Street, near the Truman Bypass.

Shell casings found at the shooting scenes matched the ones seized from the armed robberies, according to the AG’s office.

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