2 men sentenced to prison for ‘Captain Fredy’ murder

Richard Baribault (right) and Troy Gunderway sentenced to prison for Warwick murder

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Two Warwick men were sentenced to prison Friday for beating a man known in the community as “Captain Fredy” to death back in 2015.

After being found guilty in June, Richard Baribault, 42, was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of 70-year-old Fernando Silva. The judge also gave Baribault an additional 10 years for a charge of conspiracy to commit robbery, which will be served consecutive to the life term.

Troy Gunderway, 47, who pleaded guilty to charges related to the killing back in March, was given a 55-year sentence with 35 to serve for second-degree murder, which is to run concurrent with his ongoing sentence for conspiracy.

Silva was found dead in his boat at the end of Randall Avenue in Aug. 2015.

Baribault and Gunderway were arrested in the days that followed. Police alleged the two men attacked Silva after learning he had recently won several hundred dollars playing Keno.

“He braved the rough seas and storms many times but unfortunately and unbelievable, after all of his travails at sea, it’s while his boat is safely docked that the greatest danger came to him,” Silva’s son said during Baribault’s sentencing.

Baribault, in addressing the court, stood by his argument that he was not at a fault.

“I was lied to by Troy, and you were lied to by Troy, and you believe his story over mine,” he said.