TAUNTON, Mass. (WPRI) — A Norton man who stabbed his father to death and seriously injured his stepmother has been sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole.
Gary Bergantim, 38, was found guilty Tuesday of first-degree murder and armed assault with intent to murder.
Prosecutors said he went to the Taunton home of 60-year-old Jorge Bergantim and 55-year-old Lucia Bergantim on Feb. 7, 2021, to watch television with his father. Jorge wasn’t home at the time, so Lucia made small talk with Gary until he arrived.
A short time later, Jorge asked Gary if he had been taking his medications and told him he didn’t look well, according to prosecutors. Gary then turned and began stabbing Jorge.
“While the stepmother was in the kitchen making chicken soup, she heard the father start to yell, ‘No Gary! No Gary!’ and ‘Run sweetie, run!'” the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office said.
Lucia tried to stop Gary by wrestling the knife from him, but prosecutors said he broke her fingers and stabbed her too.
Jorge eventually collapsed near the front door and Lucia ran to the neighbor’s house to call for help.
“I stand before you today a completely broken, lost individual who has lost every sense of normality,” state prosecutor Michael Scott said Thursday, reading Lucia’s victim impact statement aloud in court.
Lucia was rushed to the hospital with at least six stab wounds, while Jorge had at least 12. Jorge later died on Feb. 10.
“Gary has stolen the normalcy, peace, stability, sanity and ability to function,” Lucia’s statement continued.
Lucia wrote in her statement that her injuries caused her to be unable to work, adding that she has struggled financially without Jorge. She told 12 News off camera that she didn’t read her statement in court because the case brought back all the emotions of the incident 823 days ago.
“I have cried every single day since,” Lucia’s statement said. “I miss holidays with my family because it doesn’t feel right celebrating without Jorge.”
Gary also received 15 to 20 years for the assault charge against his stepmother, which will be served concurrent to his life sentence.
He is currently being held at Bridgewater State Hospital.