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By Will Richmond
Herald News Staff Reporter
Posted Nov 21, 2008 @ 06:54 PM
Last update Nov 21, 2008 @ 06:55 PM

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Two men convicted of fatally shooting a Fall River man following an attempted robbery were handed lengthy jail terms Thursday.
David Mello, 21, of 44 Biltmore Ave., Providence, was handed a 40-year sentence, according to Rhode Island Attorney General's Office spokesman Michael Healey. Mello also received a consecutive suspended sentence and probation that could place him behind bars for a total of 70 years. Healey said prosecutors had pushed for a life sentence for Mello.
Sylvester Moses, 21, of 519 Dexter St., Providence, was sentenced to 20 years behind bars. Healey said Moses' cooperation with investigators led to the shorter jail term.
Both men were sentenced by Providence Superior Court Judge Robert D. Krause.
Mello and Moses were arrested in August 2007 after attempting to rob Marc Quintal, a Fall River man, who had traveled to Providence with a group of friends to purchase drugs. After the attempted robbery, Quintal was shot and was pronounced dead a short time later at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence.
Both Mello and Moses plead guilty to charges of second-degree murder, conspiracy, use of a firearm and carrying a pistol without a license. Charges of first-degree robbery, discharging a firearm and use of a firearm were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.
"We think the sentences they got reflected their level of culpability in the crime, and we extend our sympathy to Marc Quintal's mother and family," Healey said.
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