PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Providence man was sentenced to serve at least 20 years in prison after being found guilty of stabbing and killing another man during an argument, according to the Attorney General’s office.
James Stevens, 31, was sentenced to 30 years at the ACI with 20 to serve.
Stevens was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the death of Jasper Williams, 24, in April. He was found not guilty of first- and second-degree murder.
“I’m satisfied with the sentence,” Alecia Williams, Jasper’s mother said. “I’m content.”
Alecia took the stand following the sentencing Monday and addressed Stevens in front of the entire courtroom.
“You demonstrated as well as executed the actions of pure hatred, jealousy and malice,” Alecia said. “But as I said on December 12, I forgive you, because I have to live my life.”
Stevens also addressed the courtroom and apologized to Jasper’s family.
“I want them to know, this is not who I am,” Stevens said. “This is not who my parents raised me to be.”