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Teen gets life in prison for fatal shooting outside school

August 30, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island teen has been sentenced to life in prison for the shooting death of student outside a Providence high school last year.

State Attorney General Peter Neronha said Friday that 17-year-old Providence resident Joel Loarca has pleaded guilty to five criminal counts and was handed down a life sentence plus an additional 10 years to serve in prison.

Loarca admitted to shooting 15-year-old William Parsons outside of Providence Career and Technical Academy in September 2018. Police say Parsons, a student at nearby Central High School, had been a bystander.

Loarca also accidentally shot himself in the thigh with the .357 Magnum Taurus revolver while fleeing. He waived his status as a juvenile, admitted he was a member of the Hanover Boyz gang and was tried as an adult.

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