New Bedford man sentenced to life in prison for 2018 murder

New Bedford police are seen on Ashley Boulevard after a fatal stabbing. (WLNE)

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WLNE) — A New Bedford man will spend the rest of his life in prison after he was found guilty of a 2018 murder.

Kenneth Roark was found guilty of first degree murder, home invasion and animal cruelty and was sentenced to life in prison with no parole.

According to prosecutors, Roark stabbed Chantel Bruno dozens of times in the early morning hours of Jan. 22, 2018.

Prosecutors learned that Bruno was staying at her boyfriend’s apartment and a neighbor become upset with her for playing loud music.

That neighbor, Robert Viveiros , hired Roark to harm Bruno, according to prosecutors.

Viveiros was found guilty on the same charges as Roark in 2021 and was also sentenced to life in prison without parole.

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