FALL RIVER — A 30-year-old Hyannis man who viciously stabbed a friend over drugs and money in Acushnet last August was sentenced to serve five to seven-and-a-half years in state prison this week.

Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn III says Nathan Rose-Morey pleaded guilty in Fall River Superior Court to indictments charging him with armed assault with intent to rob, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and intimidation of a witness.

On August 1, 2018, Acushnet Police responded to a report of a man being stabbed in the area of 36 Nye Avenue.  When they arrived, they located the male victim bleeding profusely from multiple stab wounds.  The victim was rushed to an area hospital for treatment, where he relayed to police that his friend attacked him with a knife and attempted to rob him and his drugs and money.

Police later located the vehicle in which the stabbing occurred abandoned in New Bedford.  The interior of the vehicle was covered in the victim’s blood and the defendant’s palm prints were lifted from the vehicle.

While being detained during the pendency of the case, the defendant approached the victim, who was also in custody on drug-related charges, and intimidated him by telling him that he better do the right thing.  The incident at the jail was also recorded on video tape.

“Through persistent investigative work, this defendant and the co-defendant were held accountable for this very violent robbery.  This drug-related crime could have been difficult to prove, based on all of the circumstances of the case,” District Attorney Quinn said.

“Rose-Morey has a history of criminal activity and I am pleased he will be kept off the streets for up to seven-and-a-half years.”

The defendant has previously served committed time in prison for a larceny and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon case.

The defendant’s girlfriend, Michelle Hayduk, 30, of Dennis, who was also in the car at the time of the stabbing and assisted in attempting to rob the victim, also pleaded guilty this week to charges of armed assault with intent to rob and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.  She was sentenced by Judge  to three years of supervised probation with special condition including random drug screen, stay away from the victim and complete addiction treatment programs.

Both defendants were sentenced by Judge Thomas Perrino and both cases were prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Shawn Guilderson.

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