A man convicted of killing another man outside a Providence nightclub in 2012 was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison.
A judge sentenced Terrel Barros to serve two consecutive life sentences plus 30 years for related crimes.
Barros was convicted in July of shooting Jamal Cruz to death outside the Monet Lounge. He was also convicted of shooting and injuring Rokiem Henley in a nearby parking lot.
Barros's mother was arrested and charged with threatening a police officer after learning of the sentence.
"They framed my son," she screamed.
Barros emphatically maintained his innocence after being told he'd spend life in prison.
"I did not commit the crime I'm convicted of," Barros said.
Joseph Voccola, Barros's lawyer, said it was an emotional day for everyone and that they plan to appeal the decision.
The victim's family, on the other hand, feels a renewed sense of closure following the sentencing.
"We feel justice was served today. We're happy with the sentencing," said Christopher Cruz, Jamal's brother.
Christopher Cruz said he wanted his brother to be remembered as a father and community member who helped at-risk youth.
Jamal Cruz had a son and a daughter. His daughter wrote in a statement that she and her brother are working on forgiving Barros because "that's what God and their father would want them to do."
Prosecutors said Barros shot and killed Cruz after a verbal argument outside the club. They said Cruz identified Barros as the shooter at the scene before he died.
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