Chicopee man gets 7-9 years in Ware shooting

Staff Report

Published: 11-22-2023 12:59 PM

NORTHAMPTON — A Chicopee man was sentenced to seven to nine years in state prison Tuesday for several crimes in connection with a 2021 shooting in Ware, according to the Northwestern district attorney’s office.

Hampshire Superior Court Judge James Manitsas sentenced Kent Mitchell, 35, after he pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, and one count each of unlawful possession of ammunition, intimidation of a witness, reckless endangerment of a child, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling. Mitchell had previously been convicted of a violent crime, the DA’s office said.

The sentence was jointly recommended by Assistant District Attorney Andrew Covington and defense attorney Lisa Lippiello of Northampton.

In court, Mitchell admitted that, on Oct. 30, 2021, inside the 17 Cherry St. apartment complex in Ware, he got into an argument with a man and a woman.

Mitchell then retrieved a firearm and fired two shots, one upwards into the ceiling and one in the direction of both victims. He did not have a license to carry a firearm. One of the rounds landed in a wall adjoining a room where a year-old child was staying. No one was struck by any of the rounds.

“The defendant’s actions here were incredibly dangerous. Luckily, no one was struck by a round,” Covington said.

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He credited the Ware Police Department, the State Police Detective Unit attached to the district attorney’s office, as well as the State Police Crime Lab for their efforts on the case.

“Initially, there was a lack of cooperation from many of the witnesses during the investigation and the detectives involved did an excellent job following leads and solving this case,” Covington said.