Fall River man sentenced to prison for girlfriend’s murder

Handcuffs and Gavel

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — A man from Fall River has been sentenced to prison for brutally stabbing his live-in girlfriend back in 2015.

The Bristol County District Attorney’s Office announced on Friday that Eric Rivera, 23, pleaded guilty to the incident in court and was sentenced to serve 9 years of a 12 year sentence in state prison.

According to a new release, Rivera was charged with armed assault with intent to murder, aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, intimidation of a witness and strangulation.

Police report that on March 31, 2015, Rivera stabbed his 23-year-old girlfriend after she noticed money missing from her bank account. While she was calling her bank on the phone, Rivera obtained an 8 inch knife. He then proceeded to strangle her and stab her multiple times in the abdomen, throat and elsewhere, officials say.

Rivera then called 911 and when police arrived, he asked them to kill him.

The victim survived after being transported to Rhode Island Hospital and receiving hundreds of staples to close her wounds.

Following Rivera’s prison sentence, he will serve five years of committed probation where he will be required to abstain from drugs/alcohol, receive random testing, maintain mental health treatment, take prescribed medications and stay away from the victim.

First Assistant District Attorney Karen O’Sullivan argued for 10 to 15 years in state prison with five years of supervised probation during the plea hearing. Rivera’s lawyer requested a five year sentence.