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New Bedford man sentenced to life in prison for stabbing woman to death





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Robert Viveiros was convicted last week of murder in the brutal 2018 stabbing of Chantel Bruno.

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison in the fatal stabbing of a woman in 2018.

Robert Viveiros, 50, a New Bedford resident, was convicted last week of murder in the brutal 2018 stabbing of Chantel Bruno. He was also sentenced to life in prison without parole, The Standard-Times reported Wednesday.

The trial of the second defendant, Kenneth Roark, is scheduled to begin Jan. 31, 2022.

According to police reports, Viveiros and Bruno were neighbors and had an ongoing dispute. Early in the morning, New Bedford police responded to a call of a woman screaming and bleeding.

Bruno, 34, was rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead.

Viveiros and Roark were arrested and charged with the killing, the newspaper said.

In March 2020, Viveiros’ trial was declared a mistrial because of the coronavirus pandemic mandating that courts shut down. Viveiros remained in jail since his arrest in 2018.

Rochelle Bruno, Chantel Bruno’s aunt, said that reliving the trial was exhausting but that she was there every day.





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