Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced today that Timothy DeBritto, 1/31/86: pled guilty today before Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause for his role in the July 30, 2012 murder of Shameeka Barrows, Damien Colon and Michael Martin. Under the plea agreement, DeBritto was sentenced to a total of 40 years to serve plus an additional 20 years suspended, non-parolable, on the firearm charges and 10 years to serve, concurrently, on the charge of conspiracy to commit robbery.
It was read into the record that DeBritto may be subject to prosecution of perjury, and be in violation of his sentence, if he fails to tell the truth about any material issue should be he called to testify at any future court proceedings surrounding the case.
"While Timothy DeBritto may not have pointed and shot the 9 millimeter Glock at Shameeka Barrows, Damien Colon, and Michael Martin, he is just as responsible for their deaths," said Attorney General Kilmartin. "Providing a gun to someone who you knowingly intends to commit a crime makes you as culpable as if you fired the weapon yourself."
Kilmartin went on to express his continued sympathy for the families of the victims, "The families of Shameeka Barrows, Damien Colon and Michael Martin have continued to show amazing strength and grace under these most trying and tragic circumstances."
At the court proceeding, the state read into the record that on evening of July 30, 2013, Timothy DeBritto, Russell Burrell, Quandell Husband, and Donovan Hall were at the apartment of Sylvia Morehead, the mother of four of DeBritto's children. There, they discussed that Michael Martin would be an easy target for a robbery, which the group referred to as a "lick." The four discussed the fact that Mr. Martin would be likely to have marijuana and money at his apartment.
In addition, the state would have called a firearms and tool mark examiner from the University of Rhode Island Crime Laboratory who examined the casings from Mr. Martin's apartment who would have testified that those casings were fired from the same gun as several other castings the Providence Police recovered on the street in the vicinity of the May 20, 2012 shooting of Gary Ellerbee by Timothy DeBritto.
Two other individuals – Russell Burrell and Donovann Hall – have pled guilty for their roles in the murders and are awaiting sentencing. A fourth individual, Quandell Husband, is awaiting trial.
Assistant Attorneys General Randall White and James Baum prosecuted the case on behalf of the Office of Attorney General. The investigation was led by Providence Police Detective Rob Washburn, along with Detectives Fabio Zuena, Frank Vilella, Theodore Michaels, and Captain Michael Correia.