Hadley man sentenced to 3-4 years in prison in 2016 Amherst home invasion

Date: 
11.26.2018

Patrick Bemben, 27, of Hadley was sentenced in Hampshire Superior Court, today, to 3-4 years in state prison followed by 4 years of probation with conditions for his role in an October 2016 home invasion in Amherst.

Bemben pleaded guilty last Tuesday, Nov. 20, to 10 counts in connection with the incident, including conspiracy to commit home invasion, conspiracy to commit armed and masked robbery, assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, breaking and entering during the nighttime to commit a felony, use of body armor in commission of a felony, and three counts of armed robbery with a firearm.

First Assistant District Attorney Steven E. Gagne said Bemben was the mastermind of the violent home invasion, which he planned over a period of several months, eventually bringing six other people into the scheme. He felt slighted by the targets of the home invasion, because they would no longer sell him marijuana, Gagne said.

One of three victims gave an impact statement, saying he has lost partial use of one of his arms after being stabbed during the incident and suffers from post traumatic stress disorder.

Gagne recommended to Judge Richard Carey that Bemben serve 5-6 years in prison followed by 5 years of probation with conditions, including that he be randomly tested for drug and alcohol use, have no contact with the victims and not own or possess any dangerous weapons, in addition to standard conditions of probation.

Bemben’s attorney David Hoose recommended that Bemben serve six months in the Hampshire County House of Correction followed by 2 years probation.

Bemben will receive 86 days of credit for time served in jail before he was released on bail .