Man Sentenced to Prison on Armed Assault to Murder, Firearms Charges in Connection with Shooting Near Worcester Courthouse

January 2, 2024

For Immediate Release

Contact: Scott J. Croteau 508-368-7228 or 774-418-5706

WORCESTER – A 32-year-old man pleaded guilty to armed assault to murder and firearms charges in Worcester Superior Court today in connection with a shooting incident outside the Worcester Trial Court in February 2023, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early, Jr.

James Freeman IV, of Worcester, was sentenced by Judge Daniel Wrenn to serve 9 to 11 years in prison on the armed assault to murder charge.

Freeman was also sentenced to 9 to 10 years on two counts of carrying a firearm without a license (3rd offense); along with 4 to 5 years on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and firearm possession in commission of a felony; 3 months in jail on a charge of discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building; 18 months in jail on a charge of improper storage of a large capacity firearm; and 2-and-a-half years in jail on a charge of possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number. All sentences will run concurrent with the 9 to 11-year sentence.

Judge Wrenn sentenced Freeman to serve 2 years of probation on two counts of carrying a loaded firearm without a license. Freeman will begin serving probation when he is released.

On Feb. 2, 2023, Worcester Police responded to the area of 144 Main St. for a SpotShotter activation and reports of gunshots outside the Worcester Trial Court.

Officers were able to locate evidence of a shooting. Worcester Police Detectives were able to identify Freeman as one of the people involved. Authorities said he fired multiple shots at a car driving on a busy part of Main Street. There were no reported injuries.

Freeman was arrested six days after the incident during a motor vehicle stop. Authorities located a firearm and ammunition inside the vehicle.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Karen Bell.


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