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U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island

April 12, 2010

 

TWO RETURNED TO PRISON IN NEIGHBORHOOD CRIME CRACKDOWN

Two Providence men, previously convicted for crimes of violence, have pled guilty to firearms charges and have been returned to state prison. The arrests and convictions are the result of an ongoing commitment by Providence Police, The Rhode Island Department of the Attorney General and the United States Attorneys Office to identify and remove violent criminals from Providence neighborhoods.

The two men, arrested and charged in unrelated incidents, were carrying loaded firearms when they were apprehended in Providence. They are among more than two dozen people in Providence’s District 5 neighborhood identified by law enforcement as being active in criminal activity.

Recently, United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch cross-designated senior prosecutors to bolster the prosecution of violent criminals. Cross-designation permits prosecutors to prosecute cases either in state or federal court.

Michael A. Stokes Sentenced to 10 Years

Michael A. Stokes, 20, of Porter Street, Providence, was arrested by the Providence Police Gun Task Force on February 19, 2010, charged with possession of a stolen firearm and carrying a pistol without a license. At the time, Stokes was on probation, having served 8 months of a 3 year sentence for driving a vehicle without consent and assault on a Corrections Officer. The remainder of the sentence was suspended with probation.

On February 19, members of the Task Force spotted Stokes driving in the Hawkins Street area. Stokes’ vehicle cut in-front of an unmarked police vehicle causing the officer to quickly apply the brakes. The officers began following the vehicle in an attempt to stop it, at which time they saw an object tossed from the vehicle.  The officers stopped and recovered the object, a loaded .22 caliber pistol. The vehicle was located a short time later outside a Providence residence. Stokes was located in the residence and was arrested.

Stokes entered a plea of nolo contendere in Providence Superior Court on April 7. He was sentenced by Associate Justice Gilbert Indeglia to 10 years in state prison, 20 months to serve – 100 months suspended with probation. Stokes was also found to be a probation violator on his previous sentence.

The matter was investigated by Providence Police, assisted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. State prosecutor Assistant Attorney General and Community Prosecutor Jim Baum, and Assistant United States Attorney Stephen G. Dambruch, Chief of the Criminal Division co-prosecuted the case.

Janssye Toucet Sentenced to 10 Years

Janssye Toucet, 22, of Delaine Street, Providence, was arrested in the early morning hours of February 6, 2010, by Providence Police and charged with a being felon in possession of a firearm after committing a crime of violence and possession of a firearm without a license.  At the time of his arrest, Toucet was on probation, having served 1 year of a 10-year sentence on various drug cases, the remainder of the sentenced suspended with probation.

Several people approached a Providence Police officer on a detail outside a Broad Street club and provided the description of a man they said was carrying a gun. An officer spotted the man and a foot chase pursued while additional officers were responding to the area. During the pursuit, Toucet dropped a gun on the sidewalk which was quickly recovered by police. Toucet was apprehended after he was bumped by a cruiser, causing him to fall to the sidewalk. The recovered firearm, a loaded Glock .45A, had one round in the chamber and five rounds in the magazine.

Toucet entered a plea of nolo contendere in Providence Superior Court on April 7. He was sentenced by Associate Justice Kristen Rodgers to 10 years in prison, with 9 years to serve – the remainder suspended with probation. Toucet was also found to be a probation violator on his previous sentences.

The matter was investigated by Providence Police, assisted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. State prosecutor Assistant Attorney General and Community Prosecutor Jim Baum, and Assistant United States Attorney Stephen G. Dambruch, Chief of the Criminal Division co-prosecuted the case.

 

Contacts
Jim Martin, United States Attorneys Office
(401) 709-5357

 

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