East Providence man sentenced to 26 years for manslaughter

Hanson pleaded guilty in the May 2017 death of Jennifer Silva

Posted 6/14/19

PROVIDENCE — A city man will serve at 26 years for the May 2017 killing of his girlfriend in East Providence.

The office of Attorney General Peter F. Neronha announced Friday, June 14, Allen …

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East Providence man sentenced to 26 years for manslaughter

Hanson pleaded guilty in the May 2017 death of Jennifer Silva

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PROVIDENCE — A city man will serve at 26 years for the May 2017 killing of his girlfriend in East Providence.

The office of Attorney General Peter F. Neronha announced Friday, June 14, Allen Hanson, of East Providence, pleaded guilty three days earlier to one count of involuntary manslaughter in the death of 41-year-old Jennifer Silva on May 20, 2017.

Providence County Superior Court Justice Luis M. Matos sentenced Mr. Hanson, 33, to a 30-year full sentence with 26 years to serve at the ACI and the balance suspended with probation. According to the AG’s office, had the case proceeded to trial, the state was prepared to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that on May 20, 2017, Mr. Hanson assaulted Ms. Silva at her home on Warren Avenue and, by his actions, caused her death.

Detective Sergeant Mark Bourget of the East Providence Police Department led the investigation into the case, and Assistant Attorney General Daniel Guglielmo and Special Assistant Attorney General Katelyn Revens prosecuted it on behalf of the Office of the Attorney General.

Mr. Hanson was arraigned in the days after the incident on a Domestic 1st Degree Murder charge, stemming from an domestic violence incident at 85 Warren Ave. in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 20, 2017.

According to EPPD Detective Lieutenant Raymond Blinn at the time, events occurred at approximately 4 a.m. It was then EPPD received a 911 call of a woman injured after being struck by a motor vehicle. Officers responded quickly to the scene and located a female victim, later identified as Ms. Silva, who had significant trauma and was unresponsive, in the rear parking lot of 85 Warren Ave. Officers immediately began first aid until East Providence Fire Department personnel arrived and took over rendering assistance. The female was transported to R.I. Hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries.

Lt. Blinn said officers on scene had located Mr. Hanson next to the female and he identified her as his girlfriend. He informed them that her injuries were due to her being struck by a motor vehicle, which was not consistent with evidence located on the scene.

EPPD Detectives continued the investigation, which concluded the victim’s injuries were not due to a motor vehicle striking her, but were a direct result of a domestic violence altercation between Mr. Hanson and the victim.

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