Suspect in Warwick Rite-Aid stabbing sentenced

Joseph Gallant appears in Kent County Superior Court on March 8th, 2017 to face charges in Rite Aid stabbing.

A Westport, Massachusetts man accused of stabbing a Rite-Aid clerk in Warwick back in March was sentenced to 45-years in prison with 25 to serve.

Forty-two-year-old Jacob Gallant appeared in Kent County Superior Court Friday afternoon. Gallant pleaded no contest to the stabbing of 18-year-old Alyssa Garcia who was severely injured by Gallant in the March 5th incident.

Gallant pleaded no contest to one count of assault with intent to murder, one count of mayhem, and one count of carrying a knife while committing a crime of violence.

The attack was stopped by Rite Aid Shift Manager Connor Devine and customer Stanley Bastian when they witnessed Gallant stabbing Garcia. Devine used a shopping cart to strike Gallant to stop the attack while Bastian helped restrain him.

Warwick Police and emergency personnel responded to the scene where Garcia was treated and rushed to Kent County Hospital. Gallant was taken into custody.

After his arrest, Gallant told police detectives that two days earlier he had driven from Westport, Massachusetts to Maryland then back towards Rhode Island. He said on March 5th prior to the attack he had purchased a knife and said he “wanted to kill someone, I didn’t know who, just wanted to kill someone.”

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