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Rhode Island Criminal Justice Hall of Fame to induct 7 members in 2023 class


PROVIDENCE, RI – The Rhode Island Criminal Justice Hall of Fame will hold an induction ceremony for its 2023 class of inductees on Thursday, January 18, 2024. Seven distinguished members of Rhode Island’s criminal justice community will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at a ceremony held at the Office of the Attorney General.


Established in 2012, the Rhode Island Criminal Justice Hall of Fame honors outstanding professionals who have worked to improve and uphold the principles of the criminal justice system in Rhode Island.


The Hall of Fame’s 2023 class of inductees are:

  • Roosevelt Benton
  • William J. Ferland
  • Chief Elwood M. Johnson, Jr.
  • Robert Lauro
  • Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch
  • Federal District Court Judge Mary S. McElroy
  • Colonel Russell S. Serpa


WHAT:          Rhode Island Criminal Justice Hall of Fame, Class of 2023 induction ceremony.


WHEN:          Thursday, January 18, 2024

                        6:30 p.m.


WHO:             Class of 2023 inductees

                        Board of Trustees, RI Criminal Justice Hall of Fame


WHERE:       Office of the Attorney General

                        150 South Main Street

Providence, RI 02903


*Coverage Invited*

The Board of Trustees of the Rhode Island Criminal Justice Hall of Fame: Francis X. Flaherty, Attorney General Peter F. Neronha, Ralph Ezovski, Sgt. John S. Donley, Col. Darnell S. Weaver, Chief Kevin Lynch, Col. Oscar Perez, Col. Brendan P. Doherty, Collin Geiselman, Jennifer L. Wood, and Steven D. Murray.

Members of the Rhode Island Criminal Justice Hall of Fame: James Farrington, Ph.D.; The Honorable Richard Israel; Sergeant Thomas Lanzi; U.S. Marshal John Partington; Raymond Pezzullo; William Reilly, Esq.; Roberta Richman; Colonel Walter E. Stone; Chief Vincent Vespia, Jr.; A.T. Wall; Colonel Edmund Culhane; Chief William Devine; John Hardiman, Esq.; Daniel Knight; Melissa Leahey; Chief George Rocha; The Honorable Joseph Weisberger; Joseph Cardin; The Honorable William Dimitri, Jr.; The Honorable Zygmunt Friedemann; The Honorable Henry Gemma, Jr.; U.S. Marshal John Leyden; The Honorable Florence K. Murray; Major Peter O’Connell; Commissioner Steven M. Paré; Chief Richard Tamburini; Commissioner Leo Trambukis; Major Michael Urso, Jr.; DEM Law Enforcement Officer Seth Gillis; Sister Ann Keefe; Robert Mann, Esq.; Colonel Stephen McCartney; Colonel Walter McQueeney; The Honorable O. Rogeriee Thompson; Colonel Brendan Doherty; Captain Thomas Dolan; The Honorable Alice B. Gibney; Dennis Hilliard; The Honorable Joseph Rodgers, Jr.; Randall White, Esq.; Captain Charles Dolan; U.S. Marshal Jamie Hainsworth; Chief Kenneth R. Mancuso; Chief Anthony Pesare; The Honorable William E. Powers; The Honorable Joseph Walsh; Colonel Hugh T. Clements, Jr.; The Honorable Walter Stone; Chief Joseph Stetkiewicz; Major Lionel Benjamin; Susan Erstling, Ph.D.; Robert McKenna; Stephen J. Springer; Chief Thomas F. Oates, III; The Honorable James E. O'Neil; Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell; Peter A. DiBiase, Esq.; The Honorable Judith Colenback Savage; The Honorable Gilbert V. Indeglia; Cedric Huntley; Martin A. Cappelli.