Second suspect in S. Hadley home invasion pleads not guilty

  • Dupree Hinds and his attorney Jon Heyman at Hinds’ arraignment Jan. 10 in Hampshire Superior Court.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

NORTHAMPTON — The second of three suspects who police said were involved in a South Hadley home invasion, during which a man was shot multiple times has denied a slew of charges stemming from the violent altercation.

Dupree Hinds, 30, of Chicopee, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Hampshire Superior Court to home invasion, armed robbery with a gun, assault and battery by discharging a firearm, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and unlawful possession of a firearm as a person with three prior crimes of violence.

He is charged also with unlawful possession of ammunition, unlawful possession of a loaded firearm, possession of a firearm with an indistinguishable serial number and conspiracy. He’s due back in court April 20.

His bail was set at $500,000 cash without prejudice which means, in the future, he can argue for lower bail.

On Nov. 26, prosecutors say, three men, Robert VanHoy, 19, of South Hadley, Joseph Massa, 18, of Chester, and Hinds, drove to an Amherst Road apartment for to buy marijuana. A fourth man drove the car, but remained in the vehicle.

Once inside, Hinds, Massa and VanHoy confronted the 29-year-old victim, prosecutors said, and Hinds drew a handgun from his waistband, firing three shots into the man’s stomach when he tried to call 911. The man who was shot survived after he was treated at an area hospital.

VanHoy on Friday pleaded not guilty to home invasion, assault to rob with a firearm, assault and battery with a firearm and three firearm possession charges, with bail set at $25,000. Massa, who is the third man suspected of playing a role in the would-be drug deal turned home invasion, is expected to answer to similar charges Friday in Hampshire Superior Court.

Michael Majchrowicz can be reached at mmajchrowicz@gazettenet.com.