December 20, 2021 -Springfield- Today, Adrian Hinds was sentenced to 8-10 years in prison, after a Hampden County Superior Court Jury found him guilty on Friday of, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (two counts), from the 2016 unprovoked assault with a hammer on two victims. This is the second time he has been found guilty for this attack.
on March 23, 2016, the Westfield Police Department responded to an apartment complex on Southwick Road in Westfield. Hinds, who lived at the complex, came up from behind the female victim, and began hitting her with a claw hammer, unprovoked. Her male roommate, who saw the attack, came to her aid, and was also attacked.
Hinds was initially found guilty in September of 2018 on two counts of, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, resulting in serious bodily injury, and was sentenced to 10-12 years in prison. This past April, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ordered a new trial, ruling the original trial judge erred in not allowing the defense to utilize an expert witness to bolster Hinds’s self-defense argument.
Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni stated, “I commend both victims of this attack for courageously facing their attacker in court and working with my office to bring the defendant to justice, twice. For the second time, I commend Assistant District Attorney Janine Simonian for her resilience, and commitment to justice, in prosecuting this case, and once again securing a conviction and a just result for the victims.”
Adrian Hinds was sentenced today to 8-10 years in prison followed by five years of probation with orders to stay away from the victims, as well as, mental health evaluations.
Assistant District Attorney Janine Simonian successfully represented the Commonwealth in this case.