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New Bedford man sentenced to prison in fatal stabbing of Fall River’s Jorge Vieira, former girlfriend still wanted



A 26-year-old New Bedford man who fatally stabbed Jorge Vieira during a fight at the Bay Village Apartments in Fall River three years ago was sentenced to state prison on Monday after pleading guilty to a charge of Voluntary Manslaughter, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn announced.

On January 10, 2020 at the Bay Village Apartments in Fall River, Jessica Brophy had a get together at her Bay Village apartment, and in attendance was the defendant Nathan Silva. Silva and Brophy had been in an intimate relationship for several years. During the investigation, detectives learned Brophy had also been in a several year relationship with Jorge Vieira.

During the gathering, Vieira contacted Brophy by phone. Silva took the phone and started communicating with Vieira, exchanging several heated text messages that evening. Then, on the following morning around 7:00 a.m., Vieira arrived in the parking lot outside of Brophy’s window and began yelling outside. Witnesses observed Brophy yelling back at the victim from her window. Moments later, Silva walked out to the parking lot where Vieira was waiting.

The two men were seen verbally arguing in close proximity to one another when Vieira punched Silva, which began an extended physical altercation between the two men. At some point, Vieira stood up and was observed to be bleeding, at which time Brophy is heard saying to the victim, “you are leaking.”

The victim then made his way on foot to his car, called 911 and told police he had been stabbed. The victim was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced deceased that same day as a result of a fatal stab wound to his heart. Silva was arrested that evening at a motel in Seekonk.

Brophy was charged at the time with the obstruction of justice portion of the witness intimidation statute and was placed on probation for three years. She has since violated the terms of her probation and a warrant has been issued for her arrest, according to the DA’s Office.

Silva was sentenced to serve 13 to 16 years in prison.

“The killing of the victim in this case was truly a tragedy. It was made possible by the girlfriend of the defendant, enflaming the emotions of both the defendant and the victim, which resulted in a fatal altercation,” District Attorney Quinn said. “My heart goes out to the victim’s family, and to the innocent family members on both sides who were deeply impacted by this incident.”

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  1. Michelle G Allard-Costa

    February 25, 2023 at 7:15 am

    I am horrified by this tragic story! WHAT A SAD SITUATION! I’m especially horrified by D.A.Quinn putting top blame on the female saying, “It was made possible by the girlfriend of the defendant, enflaming the emotions of both the defendant and the victim, which resulted in a fatal altercation!” OH really Mr Quinn! This is a prime example of men NOT taking responsibility for their actions! Oh yeah, duh, the girl was playing us, so I came by for a fight and the other guy stabbed me in the heart! ALL HER FAULT! I use to like you! I will never fill in a circle beside your name! You have balls buddy!

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