FALL RIVER — A 40-year-old Whitman man with a prolonged historical past of assaultive conduct who robbed and assaulted his former girlfriend in her New Bedford residence two years in the past was sentenced to serve two years in state jail final week, Bristol County District Lawyer Thomas M. Quinn III introduced.
John Howe pleaded responsible in Fall River Superior Court docket final Monday to indictments charging him with two counts of assault and battery on a household or family member-subsequent offense, malicious destruction of property, armed theft and intimidation of a witness.
On February 18, 2019, the feminine sufferer referred to as New Bedford Police to report that Howe had damaged her home windows and robbed her. When the police arrived, the sufferer confirmed them her damaged home windows and two knives on the bottom. She defined that earlier that very same day, Howe had come over to provide her some cash he owed to her.
After giving the sufferer $20 in money, they acquired right into a verbal argument. Throughout the argument, Howe confirmed her a knife in his waistband and advised her to indicate him the cash. He then grabbed the cash again from her and in addition took a few of her personal cash.
Howe and the sufferer scuffled over the cash, throughout which era Howe hit the sufferer with an unknown object earlier than leaving with the cash.
Later within the day, Howe started calling her and telling her he desires to get his belongings from the residence. The sufferer ignored the calls, so Howe despatched a textual content to her cousin, telling the cousin he’s going to smash the sufferer’s home windows. A short while later, he got here again to the sufferer’s residence and threw rocks by the home windows.
Between mid-February and mid-April, Howe referred to as the sufferer a whole lot of instances and left threatening voicemails in an effort to get her to not cooperate within the legal case in opposition to him.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Lawyer Jennifer Thompson and the state jail sentence was imposed by Choose Raffi Yessayan. Along with the jail time period, Howe was additionally positioned on supervised probation for an extra 12 months and shall be required to finish a licensed home batterers program.
“The defendant has a historical past of assaultive conduct and has demonstrated that he’s a hazard to the sufferer and the group,” District Lawyer Quinn stated.
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