Boston man sentenced to prison for violently beating Taunton woman on New Year's Day

FALL RIVER - A 36-year-old Boston man charged with viciously beating the mother of his child in Taunton on New Year's Day 2023 will serve four to six years in state prison.

Bristol County Superior Court Judge Renee Dupuis imposed the prison sentence upon Scott Fortes, who pled guilty last Monday to strangulation, assault and battery that caused serious bodily injury, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon that resulted in serious bodily injury, and domestic assault and battery.

Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn said Fortes assaulted the woman in her Taunton home during the early morning hours on Jan. 1, 2023.

“On December 31, 2022, the defendant and victim attended a family New Year's Eve celebration in Easton,” Quinn said in a written statement. “In the early morning hours of January 1, 2023, the couple left the gathering, and an argument started while they were en route to her home in Taunton.”

Quinn said Fortes punched the woman in the face after they entered the home, and she fell into a bathtub.

“The defendant continued punching her repeatedly,” he said. “The attack spanned four rooms in the home and several minutes.”

Quinn said Fortes struck the woman’s forehead with a book that created a scar and contusion bruise, which caused her blood vessels to leak.

“Injuries from the punching included a fractured maxillary sinus, which is the upper part of the jawbone,” he said. “The defendant also strangled the victim to the point she could not breathe.”

Quinn said Fortes kept the woman inside the house for two days after the assaults while her wounds drained, and he then took her to Massachusetts General Hospital.

“The defendant has had seven past restraining orders filed against him in Massachusetts,” he said.

Bristol County Superior Court
Bristol County Superior Court

Prosecutors requested eight to 10-year jail term for Fortes

Quinn said Assistant District Attorneys Jennifer Czapiga and Kalene Kobza recommended that Fortes serve an eight to 10-year prison term in a state prison on the charges he pled guilty to during the court hearing.

“The defendant requested a two to four-year prison term,” Quinn said. “Judge Dupuis eventually sentenced the defendant to four to six years in state prison, followed by three years of supervised probation.

Quinn said the assault against the woman by Fortes was “a brutal case of domestic violence that resulted in broken bones to the victim’s face.”

“The defendant repeatedly beat and strangled the victim over a prolonged period of time,” he said. “The defendant’s violent conduct requires a lengthy sentence to hold him accountable and to protect the victim and the public from him.”

This article originally appeared on The Taunton Daily Gazette: Scott Fortes of Boston pled guilty, sentenced in beating of Taunton woman