Man sentenced to life in prison for New Bedford murder

Jonathan Keith Niemic

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — A Massachusetts man was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for stabbing another man to death in New Bedford, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn announced.

After deliberating for about three hours, a jury convicted Jonathan Keith Niemic of first-degree murder in the killing of 34-year-old Michael Correia.

Correia, of Fairhaven, was fatally stabbed outside an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting near the Trinity Church Soup Kitchen on Purchase Street on Oct. 20, 2010.

”This was a very brutal killing, especially with the victim dying in his father’s presence,” District Attorney Quinn said in a statement. “The defendant had just been released from jail and without provocation, assaulted the victim and stabbed him repeatedly in front of a number horrified people.”

Niemic, 28, of Fairhaven and New Bedford, was previously found guilty of the murder in 2012, but the conviction was overturned by the Supreme Judicial Court last year. The court ruled that the judge did not properly instruct jurors about the elements needed to prove first-degree murder and prosecutors made improper arguments to the jury.