PROVIDENCE – A federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment Wednesday charging a 28-year-old registered intercourse offender with allegedly engaging a 12-year-old Rhode Island woman to interact in intercourse, then plotting her homicide inside the state jail the place he was being held on associated state prices.
Homeland Safety Investigations; the Burrillville, Warwick, and Cranston Police Departments; Rhode Island State Police; and the Rhode Island Division of Corrections Particular Investigations Unit participated within the investigation, based on a joint launch by United States Lawyer Zachary A. Cunha and Rhode Island Lawyer Basic Peter F. Neronha.
The indictment alleges that, starting on Dec. 3, 2021, Chandler J. Cardente communicated repeatedly with the minor feminine through social media, previous to having sexual contact along with her on December 10, 2021. Cardente was subsequently arrested and detained in state custody.
The indictment additionally alleges that, whereas being held on the Grownup Correctional Establishments, Cardente expressed his intent that the sufferer be murdered throughout a cellphone name, and provided $200 in money and tools value $1,500. The indictment additionally alleges that Cardente instructed the opposite individual that the sufferer wanted “to finish up lifeless” as a result of she was “a witness.”
The grand jury indictment prices Cardente with enticement of a minor; committing a felony offense involving a minor whereas being a registered intercourse offender; and interstate murder-for-hire. A federal indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed harmless until and till confirmed responsible.
In response to the Cunha’s workplace, enticement of a minor is punishable by a statutory penalty of as much as life in federal jail, with a minimal necessary time period of incarceration of ten years; committing a felony offense involving a minor whereas being a registered intercourse offender is punishable by a consecutive time period of ten years of incarceration to any sentence imposed for enticement of a minor; interstate murder-for-hire is punishable by a statutory penalty of as much as ten years imprisonment. If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will probably be decided by a federal district decide after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Tips and different statutory components.
The case in U.S. District Courtroom is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Lawyer Milind M. Shah and Assistant Lawyer Basic Shannon Signore of the Rhode Island Lawyer Basic’s Workplace.