PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Two men were indicted Friday on a slew of charges related to the shooting death of a 24-year-old woman in Providence.
Shawn Mann, 31, and Isaiah Pinkerton, 25, are both charged with the murder of Miya Brophy-Baermann.
Brophy-Baermann, of Warwick, was shot and killed in the area of Olney Street on the morning of Aug. 1, 2021. Police believe she was an innocent bystander.
Prior to her death, Brophy-Baermann had just graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in speech pathology and started a job in her field. Her parents have started a scholarship fund in her name.
“This senseless act of gun violence has had a profound impact upon so many that were close to Miya, as well as the greater community,” Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Paré said in a statement. “The Providence Police Department is committed to achieving justice for a young woman whose life was cut far too short. I commend the work of the Providence Police Department and the Office of the Attorney General in this case.”
A statewide grand jury handed up a secret indictment Wednesday charging Mann and Pinkerton with first-degree murder, discharge of a firearm while committing a crime of violence resulting in death, discharge of a firearm while committing a crime of violence, drive-by shooting, assault with intent to commit specified felonies, manufacture, sell, purchase or possession of a ghost or 3D gun, two counts of carrying a pistol or revolver without a license or permit, and six counts of conspiracy.
Pinkerton also faces an additional count of manufacture, sell, purchase or possession of a ghost or 3D gun, along with two counts of possession of a firearm prohibited by a person convicted of a crime of violence.
The indictment was unsealed Friday and the two men were arraigned on the charges. Both pleaded not guilty and were ordered held without bail at the ACI.