NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — A New Bedford man was sentenced last week to a decade in prison for shooting into a moving vehicle and wounding two people.
Attim Almeida, 43, pleaded guilty to charges including assault and battery in connection with the August 2018 incident, according to Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn III.
Almeida had been accused of firing three rounds into a car in the area of Purchase and Grinnell Streets. The DA’s office said the female passenger was shot in the leg while the male driver suffered injuries to his hands from broken glass.
The two victims later spoke with police at St. Luke’s Hospital but reportedly refused to identify the shooter.
Further investigation including reviewing surveillance video from the area led police to Almeida.
“Despite the lack of witness cooperation, I am very pleased that this violent and repeat offender was convicted and held accountable for yet another potentially fatal incident,” Quinn said in a statement. “The defendant is well-known to the authorities and has a long history of committing violent crimes.”
“It is both sad and disturbing that this defendant continues to engage in this lawless behavior, even in his mid-40s,” he added.
In addition to assault and battery by discharge of a firearm, Almeida also pleaded guilty to charges of attempted assault and battery by discharge of a firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm with three prior violent offenses, unlawful possession of a loaded firearm, and malicious damage to a motor vehicle, according to the DA’s office.
Once Almeida completes his prison sentence, he’ll be on supervised probation for two years.