New Bedford man sentenced to prison for 2016 shooting

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New Bedford shooting suspect Josiahi Matos

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — A New Bedford man has been sentenced to serve five to eight years in state prison for shooting and critically injuring another man back in 2016.

Josiahi Matos, 23, pleaded guilty to charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, armed assault in a dwelling, carrying an illegal firearm, and carrying a loaded illegal firearm, according to Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III.

Around 11:30 a.m. on March 13, 2016, police said they responded to 204 Sawyer St. and found a man laying on the floor of his apartment, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his leg. He was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment.

Investigators learned that Matos entered the home uninvited and opened fire on the victim following a brief verbal confrontation, the DA’s office said.

Matos was arrested the following day after police found him hiding in a locked room inside his basement apartment next door from where the shooting occurred.

“This is another example of senseless violence that could have killed the victim and endangered the public on a quiet Sunday morning,” Quinn said in a statement. “This is lawlessness and the defendant has clearly demonstrated that he is a danger and doesn’t belong on the streets.”

Matos was also sentenced to four years of supervised probation after he’s released from prison.

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