New Bedford Man Pleads Guilty to 2015 Murder of Vietnam Veteran
A 23-year-old man pleaded guilty last Thursday in Fall River Superior Court to multiple charges connected to the November 2015 killing of Vietnam veteran Donald DePina in New Bedford, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced.
Alexander Mills, of New Bedford, pleaded guilty to charges of second degree murder and two counts of armed robbery. He was sentenced by Judge Renee Dupuis to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 32 and-a-half years.
The defendant was apprehended on November 30, 2015, and has been held in custody since that time. He also pleaded guilty to committing an armed robbery of Perry’s Variety on November 27, 2015 and to the pistol whipping and armed robbery of another taxi driver earlier in the day on November 28, 2015. Detective Michael Carrier of the New Bedford Police Department and Trooper Bachir Kouta of the State Police Detective Unit assigned to the District Attorney’s office led the investigation into these crimes.
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