Fall River shooter pleads guilty

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — The man accused in a non-fatal shooting in Fall River has pleaded guilty.

Christopher Swindell, 22, entered the plea Tuesday in Fall River Superior Court. He was charged with assault and battery with a firearm, carrying loaded illegal firearm, as well as assault and battery. Prosecutors pushed for a sentence of 10-12 years, while Swindell’s lawyer argued for a prison term of three to five years.

After hearing arguments, the judge sentenced him to serve five to seven years in state prison.

Swindell was arrested in March 2015 following a shooting at the Maple Gardens Housing Development. His victim was shot in the stomach, and spent a week at Rhode Island Hospital recovering. Swindell also assaulted another man.

Eyewitnesses told police at the time the two victims tried to calm Swindell down following a fight with his girlfriend. He was apparently upset with her after she allowed the victims to shovel out her car.

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