After new trial ordered, Providence man pleads guilty to killing his girlfriend


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Providence man who nearly stood trial two times for each of two murders has now pleaded guilty to one of them.

Victor Arciliares pleaded guilty Thursday to the manslaughter shooting death of his girlfriend, Dayvelliz Cotto, in 2008, according to the Rhode Island Attorney General’s office.

He stood trial in 2012 for killing Cotto and was convicted by a jury. Arciliares had testified he was examining a gun along with Cotto when it fired accidentally.

But in 2016, on appeals, a court ordered a new trial in Cotto’s killing, saying the jury had not been told they had the option to find Arciliares guilty of manslaughter.

Arciliares was convicted previously of the 2010 shooting death of Alfredo “Pauly” Barros in Pawtucket, but in 2015, that conviction was overturned when the Rhode Island Supreme Court agreed with Arciliares’s argument that a judge had improperly limited how much the defense could cross-examine a key witness.

At Arciliares’s second trial for the killing of Barros, a jury found him not guilty in May of 2016.

This week, Judge Robert Krause sentenced Arciliares to 30 years in prison with 19 to serve, in connection with Cotto’s death.

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