NEW BEDFORD — A New Bedford man has been sentenced to serve up to four years in state prison after pleading guilty to a city stabbing that took place last year.

According to the Bristol County District Attorney's Office, Tarus Veal, 23, admitted in Fall River Superior Court to charges of aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

He was sentenced to serve two and a half to four years in state prison on Tuesday.

A New Bedford police detective saw Veal stab his victim, a known Monte's Park gang member, several times on May 14, 2020, the office noted in a statement.

After a police pursuit, Veal was stopped and found to have a bloody knife.

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The victim was rushed to St. Luke's Hospital for emergency surgery with three puncture wounds to his chest, abdomen and thigh, according to the statement.

Despite his injuries, the victim refused to cooperate with the District Attorney's office during the prosecution of the case.

"This is another act of senseless violence that could have resulted in the victim's death," said Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn. "Fortunately, the incident was witnessed by a New Bedford Police officer because the victim has not cooperated with our office."

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