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By Brian Fraga
Standard-Times staff writer
September 26, 2008 6:00 AM

NEW BEDFORD - A city man will serve 10 years in state prison after pleading guilty to shooting two men in August 2006.
Lawrence Gelmete, 37, decided to plead guilty Wednesday as closing arguments were set to begin in his criminal trial at New Bedford Superior Court.
Judge E. Susan Garsh sentenced Mr. Gelmete to 10 years in state prison. Upon his release, he will be placed on probation for five years.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Steve Gagne, chief of the Major Violators Unit for the District Attorney's Office.
Mr. Gelmete pleaded guilty to charges of armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm.
The charges stemmed from an Aug. 23, 2006, incident outside 610 Purchase St.
Prosecutors said Mr. Gelmete was driven to the Purchase Street address to settle a score with another man. When the man saw Mr. Gelmete running at him with a weapon drawn, he dove into a car driven by a friend.
The men tried driving away from the scene when Mr. Gelmete fired at the car, prosecutors said.
The bullet shattered the car's rear window and struck the first victim in the arm. The bullet also went into the front seat, where it struck the second victim in the shoulder, prosecutors said.
Both were treated at St. Luke's Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries and released from the hospital within days, prosecutors said.
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