NEW BEDFORD — A man convicted of killing another man in a dispute over the price of cocaine before handing drugs out to witnesses and telling them to keep quiet has been sentenced to life in prison.

The Bristol County District Attorney's Office said 25-year-old David Antonetty Almestica was sentenced Friday in connection to the fatal stabbing of Angel Camacho in 2017.

Almestica was convicted earlier this month by a jury on second degree murder, witness intimidation, and other charges in relation to Camacho's killing.

He will be eligible for parole after serving 18 years, the D.A.'s office stated.

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The stabbing took place on the morning of Oct. 4, 2017 after Almestica and Camacho met up at a 45 Tallman St. apartment for a drug deal, according to the D.A.'s office.

Camacho told Almestica that he was unhappy with the price of the cocaine, which led to Almestica stabbing him three times and then beating him outside the apartment in front of families putting their children on the school bus.

The D.A.'s office stated that Almestica then handed out cocaine to the witnesses, telling them to shut their mouths and that they didn't see anything.

He then fled to Springfield, where he was arrested that evening.

"It is particularly concerning that after stabbing the victim, the defendant chased him down the street," said Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn.

"While the victim was bleeding to death, the defendant kicked him and beat him with a pipe in front of the public."

“I am pleased the jury held the defendant accountable for this senseless murder over a dispute about drugs," he added.

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