Fall River Man Sent to Prison After Violent 2019 Break-In

A Fall River man with an extensive criminal history was convicted in the Fall River Supreme Court of breaking into an apartment and being a criminal in possession of an illegal weapon.

Supreme Court Justice Thomas Perrino sentenced 33-year-old Felix Cortes to five to seven years in prison. Prosecutors say the incident happened in Fall River on November 7, 2019.

Prosecutors say the defendant and his co-defendant broke into the victim’s home on Division Street in Fall River at 9:30 a.m. by kicking the door. The defendant wore a mask over his face. The door was splintered and cracked, and the drywall from the wall was all over the floor.

Realizing the victim was home, the defendants fled when the victim chased them out of the home. The victim told police that he saw the two defendants get into a vehicle and take off.

Police later found two people with a vehicle that matched the victim’s description. According to the prosecutor, the police also recovered a mask and a 9mm pistol with 10 rounds of ammunition as part of the investigation.

A co-defendant in the case, 31-year-old Jenna Bean, died of a fentanyl overdose in November 2020 while the criminal case was pending.

According to the DA office, Cortes has an 11-page criminal record that includes seven drug-related violent crimes between 2005 and 2019.

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