Brockton Man Sentenced to Prison for Violent New Bedford Armed Robbery

Bristol County District Attorney’s Office
Thomas M. Quinn III
District Attorney

Press Release
March 10, 2023​​​​

A 29-year-old Brockton man who violently assaulted and robbed his marijuana dealer in New Bedford three years ago was sentenced to serve three years in prison last week in Fall River Superior Court, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced.

Abriel Martinez pleaded guilty to indictments charging him with Armed Robbery, Armed Assault in a Dwelling and Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Troy Murphy and the three year state prison sentence was imposed by Judge Raffi Yessayan.  The judge also placed the defendant on supervised probation for an additional two years.

On January 27, 2020, the defendant, along with two other unidentified men, entered the New Bedford apartment of the victim to purchase THC products from him.  Once inside, they struck the victim in the face with a gun and robbed him of his wallet and money. 

The victim was taken to the hospital by a friend, at which point a police officer on duty was notified by the friend about the assault.  The victim was able to identify this defendant from prior interactions, but did not know who the other two individuals were.

The case initially went to trial last October, but the case resulted in a hung jury.

“This is another example of the type of violent conduct that too often occurs in our urban areas, usually centered around drugs,” District Attorney Quinn said. “I am glad the defendant is being held accountable for his violent conduct.”


Gregg Miliote

Director of Communications