Man to serve 35 years in killing, dismemberment of Cranston man

Kerry B. Mello (Perry-McStay Funeral Home)

A man will serve 35 years in prison in the killing of a Cranston man whose dismembered body washed up on a beach in 2015.

The state attorney general said Monday that Jamie Barriera of Warwick pleaded no contest to second-degree murder, conspiracy and mutilation of a dead body. Barriera was sentenced to 70 years in prison, with 35 to serve.

Kevin Bristow, Barriera's attorney, declined to comment.

Police have said Barriera and other men killed Kerry Mello, 36, of Cranston, because they believed he stole marijuana from Barriera.

Jamie Barriera's father, Albert Barriera, also pleaded no contest to conspiracy to commit felony assault and mutilation of a dead body. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Louis Geremia pleaded no contest to conspiracy to commit felony assault and will serve four years in prison.

Two other co-defendants, Francisco Concepcion, 38, of Warwick, and Graig Bustillo, 41, of Providence, pleaded guilty earlier to their roles in the killing.

Mello’s torso was found by a fishing boat off Westport and his legs and feet washed up on Goosewing Beach in Little Compton two days later.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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