2 men sentenced to life in prison for 2015 Fall River murder

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FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — Two men convicted of killing another man in Fall River more than six years ago were sentenced to life in prison on Friday.

Kevin Lara and Tavon Pires were teenagers when they were charged with the murder of 20-year-old Anthony Carvalho in March 2015.

Pires will be eligible for parole in about 38 years, since he was 17 years old at the time of the murder, while Lara, who was 19, will not be able to seek parole.

Police said they found Carvalho laying on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds at the corner of Osborn and Ridge streets as they responded to a report of gunfire a block away.

Carvalho is believed to have been shot while running away from Lara and Pires, who were trying to rob him. He was rushed to St. Anne’s Hospital where he later died.

The judge heard emotional impact statements from Carvalho’s five sisters and mother who had their family in tears in the courtroom.

Several others were arrested in connection with the shooting.

The Herald News reported at the time that Lara had gotten out of jail just two months prior, so his charges in the homicide made him a probation violator. He was sentenced to 8 to 10 years in prison for that violation.

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