Attorney General Peter F. Neronha announced that Edward Delossantos (age 24), of Milford, MA was found guilty on November 14, 2019 by a Providence County Superior Court jury on five felony charges related to a 2016 domestic assault in Woonsocket. The jury returned the verdict after just over one hour of deliberation, following a three-day trial presided over by Superior Court Justice Maureen B. Keough.
Delossantos was found guilty of one count each of domestic assault with a dangerous weapon (shod foot), simple assault and battery, domestic simple assault and battery, malicious damage, and driving a vehicle without the consent of the owner.
A sentencing hearing for Delossantos will be scheduled for a later date in Providence County Superior Court. He is currently being held at the Adult Correctional Institutions.
During the trial, the State proved beyond a reasonable doubt that in the early morning hours of October 6, 2016, Delossantos assaulted two female victims during an altercation outside of an apartment on Elm Street in the city of Woonsocket. The first victim was Delossantos' girlfriend at the time. The second victim was the girlfriend's sister.
During the early morning hours on October 6, 2019, Delossantos confronted the two victims outside of the first victim's apartment as they were parking the second victim's car. Delossantos initially pounded on the windows of the second victim's car before retrieving a knife, which he then used to slash the front tire of her car. During the incident, Delossantos punched the second victim and shoved her to the ground. Delossantos then punched the first victim, shoved her to the ground, and kicked her while she was on the ground.
The assault ended after a neighbor interfered and told Delossantos that he was calling the police.
Detective Thomas Gormley of the Woonsocket Police Department led the investigation into the case and Special Assistant Attorney Jonathan Burke prosecuted the case on behalf of the Office of the Attorney General.