Serious Taunton Domestic Violence Case Results in State Prison Sentence

Bristol County District Attorney’s Office

Thomas M. Quinn III
District Attorney

Press Release
November 29, 2023

A 36-year-old Mattapan man who viciously beat the mother of his child on New Years Day 2023 in Taunton was sentenced on Monday afternoon to serve four to six years in state prison, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced.

Scott Fortes pled guilty in Fall River Superior Court to indictments charging him with Strangulation, Assault and Battery with Serious Bodily Injury, Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury and Domestic Assault and Battery.

On December 31, 2022, the defendant and victim attended a family New Years Eve celebration in Easton. In the early morning hours of January 1, 2023 the couple left the gathering and an argument started while they were en route to her home in Taunton. Once inside the home, Fortes punched the victim in the face. The victim landed in the bathtub and the defendant continued his violent attack, punching her repeatedly. The attack spanned four rooms in the home and several minutes. At one point the defendant struck her with a book, resulting in a contusion that left scarring to the victim’s forehead. Injuries from the punching included a fractured maxillary sinus (upper part of the jawbone). The defendant also strangled victim to the point she could not breathe.

The defendant kept the victim in her home for two days, “draining” her wounds until finally leaving her at Massachusetts General Hospital.  The defendant has had seven past restraining orders filed against him in Massachusetts.

During a hearing on Monday afternoon before Judge Renee Dupuis, Assistant District Attorneys Jennifer Czapiga and Kalene Kobza recommended an eight to 10 year state prison sentence, while the defendant requested a two to four year prison term.  Judge Dupuis eventually sentenced the defendant to four to six years in state prison, to be followed by three years of supervised probation.

“This is a brutal case of domestic violence that resulted in broken bones to the victim’s face. The defendant repeatedly beat and strangled the victim over a prolonged period of time. The defendant’s violent conduct requires a lengthy sentence to hold him accountable, and to protect the victim and the public from him,” District Attorney Quinn said.


Gregg Miliote

Director of Communications