FALL RIVER — A 34-year-old Greenwich, Rhode Island man convicted of assaulting and pointing a gun at a woman in his car in Dartmouth was sentenced to serve two-and-a-half years in state prison last week in Fall River Superior Court, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced.

Brandon Genereaux pleaded guilty to indictments charging him with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a family or household member, possession of an illegal firearm, unlawful possession of a large capacity feeding device and possession of cocaine.

On July 25, 2018, the defendant and the female victim were in his car in Dartmouth when he struck the victim repeatedly. During the assault, the defendant, who was abusing cocaine and liquor, slammed her head into the car door and dashboard. When the victim attempted to exit the car, the defendant forcibly pulled her back in by her hair and bit her. He then pulled out a gun, began waving it and threatening her with it.

Dartmouth Police investigated the incident after the female reported it and found the defendant and his car. Inside the car, police found cocaine, pills, sleeping pill, a Glock handgun, and two large-capacity magazines. One of the magazines was loaded with 12 rounds.

The defendant was held in custody as a danger since his arrest. He has a seven-page criminal record in Rhode Island, has three cases open in Worcester and one case open in Fall River.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Courtney Cahill and the state prison sentence was imposed by Judge Debra Squires-Lee. In addition to the prison time, the defendant must also complete a three-year probationary period upon his release from incarceration.

“The defendant engaged in violent and manipulative conduct fueled by drugs, and does not belong on the street. He is a dangerous individual who has a significant record with charges pending in another county. This case again highlights the importance of detaining dangerous defendants without bail so they cannot commit more crimes before their cases are resolved,” District Attorney Quinn said.

— Bristol County District Attorney’s Office