PROVIDENCE (AP) — Quandell Husband, 21, whose murder conviction was overturned by the Rhode Island Supreme Court, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to lesser charges. He had been facing two consecutive life sentences for his role in a 2012 triple slaying before the state court found in June that a lower court judge abused his discretion by allowing the jury to consider “enormously prejudicial” evidence that should not have been admitted at the trial.
The case was sent back to Superior Court for a new trial, and Husband pleaded guilty this month to one count of assault with intent to commit robbery and one count of conspiracy to commit robbery, the Providence Journal reported.
Authorities said Husband, who was 16, plotted with three others to rob a marijuana dealer at a Providence apartment. During the robbery, Husband’s friend, Russell Burrell, fatally shot Shemeeka Barros, her boyfriend Michael Martin, and their friend, Damien Colon, prosecutors said. Assistant Attorney General James Baum said that after the robbery and killings, Husband took the gun from Burrell and hid it. Burrell is serving four consecutive life sentences.
Husband's lawyer, Thomas G. Briody said Husband accepts responsibility for engaging in the conspiracy with Burrell and hiding the gun Burrell used, but he continues to deny that he was present at the scene of the robbery.
"He is, however, remorseful for the loss of life," Briody said. Husband has also asked the victims' families for forgiveness, his attorney said.
"I think he's done a lot of growing up in a very difficult environment," Briody said.