Fall River felon to serve 5+ years for drugs, gun charges

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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — A Fall River man with prior felony convictions will serve five to seven years in state prison after being convicted of drug distribution and illegal firearm charges.

Shawn Rose, 25, pleaded guilty to charges of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, illegal possession of a firearm, and unlawful possession of ammunition. The plea was “unagreed,” in that the prosecution and defense disagreed on sentencing, according to Gregg Miliote, a spokesman for the office of Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III.

With the prosecution asking for seven to ten years prison, and the defense asking for three to five, the judge split the difference and handed down a five to seven year state prison sentence. Judge Rafi Yessayan also gave Rose two years probation.

Rose was arrested April 13, 2015, at his home. When officers executed a search warrant, an officer saw him take a shiny silver object from his waistband and drop it out a window; a .32 caliber revolver was subsequently retrieved outside that window. A search of Rose’s bedroom revealed 150 bags of heroin, 5 bags of heroin in his nightstand, two full boxes of unused plastic bags, and four rounds of ammunition, Miliote said.

Rose was previously convicted of armed robbery and armed assault with intent to rob; he’d been a driver for a friend who committed two robberies with a gun, and was sentenced to serve three years in state prison.

“His record, in my view, warranted a longer period of incarceration in this case,” District Attorney Quinn said in a news release.

“These are the types of defendants who continue to wreak havoc in our communities and must be punished accordingly.”

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