New Bedford man, 55, convicted of murdering friend with machete knife

New Bedford police shared this booking photo of James Andrews.

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WLNE) — The Bristol County District Attorney’s Office said Wednesday that a 55-year-old New Bedford man was convicted of murdering his friend with a machete knife.

District Attorney Thomas Quinn said James Andrews was convicted Tuesday of second degree murder in connection to the 2018 killing of Allan Monteiro.

On Aug. 9, Quinn said Monteiro was brutally stabbed to death with a machete knife at about 5 a.m. on the third floor of a Cottage Street apartment.

Police said that Andrews was causing a disturbance by watching pornography and listening to loud music, while other residents were trying to sleep.

Monteiro, according to Quinn, had gone to Andrews apartment and asked him to stop. However, the suspect proceeded to stab Monteiro repeatedly.

Monteiro suffered severe stab wounds to his face, chest, and arms, said police.

After the incident, Andrews left the apartment and got rid of his clothing, his phone, and machete knife.

He was arrested by New Bedford police and Massachusetts State Police just after 1 p.m. that same day.

After a five-day-trial in Fall River Superior Court, the jury found Andrews guilty. He was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 22 years.

“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,” Quinn said in a release.

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