New Bedford man sentenced to three years in prison for assaulting girlfriend, intimidating her out of testifying

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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WLNE) – A New Bedford man who assaulted his girlfriend and attempted to intimidate her out of pursuing the criminal case has been sentenced to serve three years in prison.

Antwan Wells pleaded guilty last week to three counts of assault and battery and one count of intimidation of a witness.

In September of 2015, Wells began an argument with the victim after she asked a stranger for cigarettes in New Bedford.

The argument escalated when Wells pushed the victim in the head.

After being pushed, the victim attempted to get away from Wells and quickly walked towards her mother’s home.

Wells followed her and confronted her in front of the Walgreen’s on Pleasant Street.

He then poured liquid on her and argued with her.

She attempted to get away again, and continued to her mother’s home.

Wells continued to follow her inside and cornered her outside of a parking garage elevator in front of a surveillance camera.

When the victim tried walking away, Wells grabbed her hair and pulled her to the ground.

Once she got off the ground, Wells began punching her in the face.

New Bedford Police arrived moments later and arrested Wells after an anonymous witness reported the assault.

While in jail, Wells sent two letters to the victim telling her not to appear in court for hearings, to not talk to the prosecutor, and to not talk to the defense counsel.

In October of 2015, Wells called the victim twice from jail and continued to harass and coerce her into not appearing in court to testify against him.

“While in jail, this defendant repeatedly called the victim in an attempt to prevent the victim from testifying against him.  This is a serious problem in prosecuting domestic violence cases and undermines our ability to obtain justice for victims and their families,” District Attorney Quinn said.  “This type of conduct by defendants should be treated very seriously by the courts.”

Wells was sentenced to three years in prison with an additional two years of supervised probation.

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