Providence man to serve at least 23 years for 2015 murder

Araya Brinkley was ordered held without bail during his arraignment on a murder charge in connection with a deadly stabbing in Providence.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The man who pleaded guilty to stabbing another man in 2015 has been sentenced to serve at least 23 years in prison.

Araya Brinkley, 54, was charged with one count of murder after he stabbed 41-year-old Troy Henderson to death outside of a Providence convenience store in May of 2015.

Brinkley appeared in Providence Superior Court on Friday and was sentenced to 50 years with 23 to serve. The judged ruled that because he has already served three years, he will receive credit for those years in prison.

Police said they found Henderson bleeding from several stab wounds at the corner of Dorrance and Fulton Streets. He later died at the hospital.

Providence Police Lieutenant Richard Fernandez said Brinkley fled the scene by bike but was later stopped and found with a bloody knife.

Brinkley’s public defender told a judge at his client’s arraignment hearing in 2015 that he was honorably discharged from the Marines, was a full-time chef and had a 3-year-old son. Brinkley was held without bail after the hearing.

A motive for the murder and the relationship between the two men are unclear at this time. However, Brinkley’s cousin told Eyewitness News Brinkley acted in self-defense.