Providence man sentenced for fatal fight in 2015
Providence, R.I. —
A former Marine was sentenced to 50 years in prison with 23 to serve for the murder of 41-year-old Troy Henderson during a fight outside of the 7-11 convenience store on Dorrance Street in Providence during the early morning hours of May 23rd, 2015. Araya Brinkley, now 54, pleaded guilty to second degree murder after surveillance video showed the altercation between the two men.
"I'm very remorseful for what happened,” Brinkley told the court before he was sentenced Friday afternoon. "There's probably nothing I can say or do right now to take back what has happened, but I want (the victim’s family) to know that I have no hatred in my heart."
Both Brinkley and Henderson had never met before that morning but were inside the convenience store together. An argument over a spot in line that started inside the store eventually spilled outside, and that's when the much larger, former Marine, pulled out a knife from a bag of tools he had with him and killed Henderson.
Henderson’s sister, Elizabeth Ward, and daughter, Alexis DaCruz gave victim impact statements at the sentencing.
"You don't know how many times I've asked my dad to visit me in my dreams so I could hear his voice or see his cute, goofy smile just one more time," said DaCruz who stated she spent her 16th birthday at her father’s funeral.
"He will be with us at our family gatherings, cookouts, weddings, graduations, birthdays, birth of children, new jobs and our other life journeys,” added Ward. “But he will be watching from his seat in heaven."
Brinkley grew up in Harlem and was honorably discharged after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was working as a cook at the Barking Crab restaurant in Newport and as a handyman at the time of the murder. The knife he used to mortally wound Henderson was from his tool bag he carried with him.