U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island
For Immediate Release
November 18, 2009
Peter F. Neronha, United States Attorney
Contact: (401) 709-5032
Woonsocket Man Pleads Guilty To Robbery And A Firearms Offense
Robert Beauparlant, Jr., 26, of Woonsocket, pleaded guilty today to robbing a Providence man of a half-kilogram of marijuana and $2,800 in cash and, in a separate case, to being a felon in possession of a firearm.
United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha announced the guilty pleas, which Beauparlant entered before U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith in U.S. District Court, Providence. At the plea hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard W. Rose said the government could prove that, on February 13, Beauparlant accompanied two other men to meet a man from whom they were supposedly going to buy a half kilogram of marijuana. They met the victim at a house in Providence where he was staying, doing work for the owner to prepare the house for tenants.
Upon arrival at the house, one of the men pulled out a silver pistol, and the three men then robbed the victim of the marijuana. They also took keys, a cell phone, a jar of change and a leather bank bag containing $2,800 in cash. The cash belonged to the owner of the house and was to be used by the victim to buy construction supplies.
Beauparlant pleaded guilty to conspiracy, Hobbs Act robbery, using a firearm to commit a crime of violence, and trafficking in marijuana.
In the other case, Assistant U.S. Attorney Rose said that Beauparlant made several sales of crack cocaine in March to an undercover agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. On March 29, he sold an undercover agent a small quantity of crack cocaine and a .22 caliber rifle for $680.
Beauparlant pleaded guilty in that case to being a felon in possession of a firearm. He has prior convictions in Massachusetts for several felonies, including assault, breaking and entering, and unlawful sex with a child.
Beauparlant is detained pending sentencing, which is scheduled for March 16. The maximum penalty for the conspiracy and robbery offenses is 20 years imprisonment, for using a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, seven years imprisonment, and for the marijuana trafficking offenses, five years. Each offense also carries a potential $250,000 fine. Citing Beauparlant’s multiple prior convictions for violent crimes, the government has filed notice that it will seek to have him sentenced as an armed career criminal, which would mean a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison.
A federal indictment is pending against two codefendants for their alleged roles in the robbery: Julio Candelario, 29, of Woonsocket, and Robert Cuadrado, 21, of Providence. An indictment is merely an allegation and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
ATF and Woonsocket Police conducted the investigation.