- Associated Press - Friday, April 25, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A 22-year-old Providence man has been sentenced to two life terms plus 50 years after pleading guilty to fatally shooting a 12-year-old girl outside a graduation party.

Branden Castro pleaded guilty to murder and other charges on Friday in Superior Court in Providence. He also admitted to shooting three women who were standing outside the June 2013 party with sixth-grader Aynis (EYE’-nees) Vargas.

Authorities say Castro and four others were retaliating against a rival gang and the victims were innocent bystanders.

The attorney general’s office says three other men have pleaded guilty, and another is charged.

Castro did not make a statement at Friday’s hearing.

Aynis’ father said in a statement read by a prosecutor that the family was satisfied that the men responsible were being prosecuted.

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