June 2, 2022 -Springfield- On Wednesday, June 1, 2022 Jose Rodriguez was sentenced by a Hampden Superior Court Judge in a 2017 armed assault to murder on King Street in Springfield.
Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni stated, “I would like to thank the Springfield Police Department for their skilled investigation, along with Assistant District Attorney Nina Vivenzio for the successful prosecution of this case. Dangerous and malicious acts such as these that jeopardize public safety will not be tolerated and will be aggressively investigated and prosecuted. I would like to commend the witnesses who stepped forward and testified. Their assistance helped take a dangerous individual off the streets and made our neighborhoods safer ”
Members of the Springfield Police Department responded to 20-40 block of King Street on April 11, 2017 at approximately 11:35 p.m. for a ShotSpotter activation indicting seven shots being fired. Prior to the shooting an altercation between different parties took place at a cookout. The defendant briefly left the property, but came back armed, and aimed a firearm in the direction of one of the individuals he got into an altercation with and began firing a gun and shooting at the house.
When officers arrived they discovered the home to have several bullet holes and found 5 9mm shell casings outside along with a 9mm handgun in the yard. While conducting an assessment of the home, officers asked if anyone else was inside, one of the residents indicted her six year old son was upstairs in a bedroom asleep and unhurt.
On May 24, 2022 a Hampden Superior Court Jury returned guilty verdicts on following charges: armed assault to murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, firearm violation with three prior violent/drug crimes, firearm violation with one prior violent/drug crimes, and malicious destruction of property greater than $250.
Jose Rodriguez was sentenced on June 1, 2022 to 9.5 years – 11.5 years in state prison.
Assistant District Attorney Nina Vivenzio represented The Commonwealth in this case.