SJC Justice Decides For Bristol D-A in “Dangerousness” Hearing
A New Bedford man arrested last month on a illegal gun charge will now face a dangerousness hearing.
Teigan Pina was arrested by New Bedford Police on May 20th after a drive by shooing and high speed chase.
During his arraignment the next day, the prosecution moved for a dangerousness hearing, but Judge W. James O'Neil denied the request, and set bail at $1,000. Pina posted bail and was set free.
District Attorney Sam Sutter criticized the ruling and filed an appeal with the Supreme Judicial Court.
Justice Barbara Lenk this month ruled in Sutter's favor, saying the offense Pina was charged with, carrying a loaded firearm without a license, qualifies under the "dangerousness" statute. Justice Lenk said Judge O'Neil's ruling was an error, and the dangerousness hearing should be held "forthwith .'
Police are now looking to pick up Pina on a warrent. The hearing is set for this Wednesday.