Amaral Montrond of Brockton was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to a 2006 downtown shooting. He is also awaiting trial on murder charges.
The man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend two years ago while out on bail pleaded guilty Tuesday in connection with the shooting of three people near a downtown bar in 2006.
Amaral Montrond, 31, of Brockton pleaded guilty to a string of assault and gun charges in Brockton Superior Court on Tuesday, one day after his trial started in Brockton Superior Court. He was sentenced by Judge Elizabeth Donovan to spend between five years and five years and one day in state prison.
He was accused of opening fire on Centre Street on Labor Day weekend 2006 as about 30 people were walking to their cars shortly after Joe Angelo’s Cafe & Deli closed following an event that drew hundreds.
Assistant District Attorney Dan Hourihan had sought a prison term of 10 to 12 years. The defense asked for the five-year term.
Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz said he had hoped Montrond would have received a longer sentence.
“This is a very serious event,” Cruz said. “They were lucky somebody didn’t get killed that night.”
A month after the downtown shooting, authorities arrested Montrond in Spartanburg, S.C., where Carlita Chaney, the mother of two of his children, was living. Montrond was out on $50,000 bail on the shooting charges when he was arrested in the shooting death of Chaney at his parents’ Montauk Road home.
Chaney was found dead by police on a couch in the basement of the Montrond home, a gunshot wound near her left temple. A semi-automatic Ruger pistol, recovered at the house, is believed to be the murder weapon.
A prosecutor had told a judge after his arrest on the murder charge that Montrond blamed Chaney for tipping police to his whereabouts and called her a “snitch.”
Chaney was in Brockton to pick up her children, who had been visiting their father and his family, when she was killed.
If he is acquitted in the murder case, he could be free in three years on the shooting case because he will get credit for time served while awaiting trial.
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