New Bedford Man Convicted of 2018 Murder; Sentenced to Life in Prison

Bristol County District Attorney’s Office

Thomas M. Quinn III
District Attorney

Press Release
November 2, 2022

A 55-year-old New Bedford man was convicted yesterday of Second Degree Murder connected to the August, 2018 slaying of Allan Monteiro in New Bedford, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced.

James Andrews was convicted by a jury of his peers yesterday afternoon in Fall River Superior Court after a five-day trial.  The defendant was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 22 years.

On August 9, 2018 the defendant stabbed and sliced Allan Monteiro to death with a machete knife, on the third floor apartment of 345 Cottage Street. Several of Allan Monteiro’s immediate family were in the apartment including his sister, daughters and granddaughter.   Allan Monteiro suffered severe stab wounds including those to his face, chest and arms and upper arm/shoulder, and hand.

The defendant had been causing a disturbance around 5:00AM by watching pornography and listening to loud music  while the other people residing in the apartment on that floor were trying to sleep.  When asked by the victim to stop, he ignored those requests and ultimately stabbed the victim to death repeatedly.  The defendant then left the residence, got rid of clothing worn during the assault, the knife and phone he had in his possession.  The defendant was arrested at 1:15PM on August 9, 2018 by New Bedford Police and State Police.

The jury deliberated for one day before returning its verdict.  The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney William McCauley and Assistant District Attorney Shawn Guilderson.

“I am thankful the jury held the defendant accountable for the brutal murder of his friend. Sadly the victim and his family had treated the defendant like a family member over the years and even had let him stay at the family residence because he had no place to go,” District Attorney Quinn said. “The defendant was watching porn on his computer and waking everyone up due to the excessive noise. When the victim confronted him, he hacked and stabbed him to death with a machete .  The defendant is a violent career criminal who needs to be kept off the street for the rest of the life.”


Gregg Miliote

Director of Communications