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Navy Base Employee Sentenced in Death of Navy Police Detective

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Alan Bradley, 54, of Middletown, R.I., was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge Mary M. Lisi to five years probation, having been convicted at trial by a federal court jury of driving to endanger death resulting in the death of Navy Detective Frank Lema in September 2013.

U.S. District Court Judge Mary M. Lisi, who presided over the trial, ordered Bradley to serve the first year of his term of probation on home confinement with electronic monitoring and to perform 1,500 hours of community service. Bradley was also ordered to pay restitution to the estate of Detective Lema in the amount of $16,504.72.

The Government recommended to the court that the defendant be sentenced to serve 48 months in prison, a sentence which falls within the recommended guideline sentence for this matter of between 41-51 months incarceration.

The sentence imposed is announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha; Leo S. Lamont, Special Agent in Charge of the Northeast Field Office of Naval Criminal Investigative Service; and Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police.

According to the government’s evidence presented at trial, Bradley, who was a civilian employee on Naval Station Newport, was operating a Navy vehicle on the base on September 26, 2013, when he struck and killed Detective Lema. Lema was standing outside of the Navy public safety building with a fellow Navy law enforcement officer when he was struck. After striking Detective Lima, Bradley’s vehicle continued to travel another 200 feet before stopping on a grassy embankment.

According to the government’s evidence, on at least six occasions between February 2011 and July 2013, Bradley’s personal physician warned Bradley not to drive because he was a risk to both himself and others due to a seizure disorder. The evidence also showed that Bradley was involved in a serious single car crash in 2011in Middletown in which his young son was a passenger. Bradley attributed his seizure disorder as a contributing factor to the cause of that accident.

The case was prosecuted by First Assistant United States Attorney Stephen G. Dambruch.

The case was investigated by Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the Rhode Island State Police.



Jim Martin (401) 709-5357


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Updated September 17, 2015

Violent Crime
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