Belchertown teenager ordered held without bail in November shooting

  • Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer 
Published: 3/25/2021 10:42:32 AM

BELCHERTOWN — A Belchertown teenager who shot a man in an attempted robbery during a drug deal in town last November was arraigned on several firearm and assault charges via videoconference at Eastern Hampshire District Court Wednesday.

Ixadrian Aponte, 18, of 25 Depot St. pleaded not guilty to the charges in connection with the shooting of a 22-year-old man on Shea Avenue on Nov. 12, according to Mary Carey, spokeswoman for the Northwestern district attorney’s office.

Judge Bruce Melikian ordered Aponte held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing on April 2.

Aponte is charged with armed assault with a firearm with intent to murder, armed assault with a firearm with intent to rob, assault and battery with a firearm, carrying a loaded firearm without a license, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Carey said Aponte was arrested early Wednesday at his home on a warrant following an extensive investigation by the Belchertown Police Department, with assistance from the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Northwestern district attorney’s office.

Aponte is alleged to have ordered marijuana using SnapChat, a social media application, and arranged for the exchange to take place on Shea Avenue. When a vehicle approached him, Aponte allegedly tried to take the drugs from the two male occupants at gunpoint and then shot into the vehicle through the driver’s side window. A bullet hit the front-seat passenger who sustained significant injuries. That man was taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

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