New Bedford man sentenced for fatally stabbing man in heart over love triangle

This is a mugshot of Nathan Silva. (Fall River Police Department)

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WLNE) — A New Bedford man was sentenced Monday for fatally stabbing someone over a love triangle three years ago.

Nathan Silva, 26, was sentenced to serve 13 to 16 years in state prison for killing Jorge Vieira during a physical altercation at the Bay Village Apartments in Fall River.

On Jan. 10, 2020, Silva was invited to a get together at Jessica Brophy’s Bay Village apartment.

District Attorney Thomas Quinn said Silva and Brophy had dated for several years.

Police learned that Brophy had also been in a long-term relationship with Vieira.

During the get together, Vieira contacted Brophy by phone. Quinn said Silva took the phone and started sending “heated text messages.”

The next morning, Vieira went to the parking lot outside of Brophy’s window and started yelling.

Witnesses said they saw Brophy yelling back from her apartment window.

Quinn said moments later, Silva went out to the parking lot where Vieira was standing. A verbal argument broke out between the two men.

It quickly became physical when Vieira punched Silva.

At some point, Vieira was knocked onto the ground. When he stood up, witnesses saw that he was bleeding.

Vieira got up, walked to his car, and called 911. He told police he had been stabbed.

The victim was then rushed to the hospital. He suffered a stab wound to his heart and died the same day.

Later that night, Silva was arrested at a Seekonk motel.

At the time, Brophy was charged with the obstruction of justice portion of the witness intimidating statue.

She was placed on probation for three years. Quinn said Brophy has since violated the terms of her probation and a warrant has been issued for her arrest.

In court Monday, Silva plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter.

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