Man found dead in boat; two men charged with murder

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WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Two men are being held without bail after a man was found dead in Warwick over the weekend, city police announced Thursday.

According to police, 70-year-old Fernando Silva was found dead Saturday in his boat at the end of Randall Avenue.

The Harbormaster “alerted the Warwick Police of a severely decomposed body – which he located on a sailboat, which was moored outside of Warwick Cove just off shore from Randall Avenue,” said Major Christine Kelley of the Warwick Police Department.

The two suspects – identified as Richard Baribault and Troy Gunderway – were arraigned Thursday on charges of murder and conspiracy.

Prosecutors allege the pair went to rob Silva on his boat Aug. 2 after he won several hundred dollars playing Keno. Silva was beaten in the process, according to police, and he later died from his injuries.

“Fernando Silva, also known locally as ‘Captain Freddy,’ was an avid Keno player at the local convenience stores in the Oakland Beach area. It’s believed he had a recent winning in the order of several hundred dollars, that he may have told some other people about locally, who thought that might be something they would want to go and steal,” added Captain Christopher Stewart.

Baribault, 40, and Gunderway, 44, were ordered held without bail. Police said both have extensive criminal records.

The last murder in Warwick was Jack Fay, who was found in a barrel in City Park in May 2013.Annie Shalvey contributed to this report.

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