A jury convicted Cooper in May of one count of second-degree murder, one count of discharging a firearm in the commission of a crime resulting in death, and two counts of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.
Fifty-four-year-old Cooper fatally shot Maddox in the chest on March 16, 2022, inside his apartment. The Providence Journal reports the shooting occurred while Maddox, 40, was taking a shower. After she died, Cooper reportedly used drugs for several days in a row and then had a friend bring over shrink wrap. Cooper encircled her body with the wrap and other bedding, then left her in the fridge with a note saying, "I don’t trust you."
According to the Attorney General’s office, some of Maddox’s relatives flagged down a Providence Police officer on Parkis Avenue — the same street where Cooper lived — and told the policeman Maddox had been killed and her body was in the apartment. Police walked into the unit and located a .38 caliber revolver and a shotgun. The refrigerator had reportedly been relocated from the kitchen to Cooper’s bedroom and closed with a cord.
Police found Maddox’s body once they opened the fridge. The medical examiner conducted an autopsy and determined she died from a gunshot wound to the chest.
According to the Providence Journal, Cooper said at the sentencing hearing, "I did some things wrong that could have probably saved her life. I miss her just like everybody else. I’m sorry to you all."
As Cooper was being escorted out of court, one of Maddox’s relatives reportedly shouted, "We’ll see you in hell."