Man who devised scheme to murder old friend for having an affair with his ex-wife, heads to jail
WORCESTER — A man who concocted a scheme to murder an estranged friend for having an affair with his ex-wife is going to spend the rest of his life in the slammer.
According to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early, Jr., William Hodges, 41, of Milford, was sentenced to 38 to 40 years in prison today by Judge Janet Kenton-Walker in Worcester Superior Court. On Tuesday, Hodges pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter, intimidation of a witness, and possession of a firearm and ammunition charges.
On the evening of November 20, 2015, Hodges fatally shot 33-year-old Kevin Gonsalves for having an affair with his wife (at the time).
Hodges drove Gonsalves to Mendon Street in Blackstone under the guise of robbing a drug dealer. Once they arrived, Hodges shot Gonsalves three times after getting out of the car, Mass Live reported.
“On behalf of the Blackstone Police Department, I would like to extend my thoughts to Kevin Gonsalves’ family and friends, and hope that the resolution of this case will help to bring some closure,” said Blackstone Police Chief Gregory Gilmore.
The following law enforcement agencies worked with the Blackstone Police Department in solving this murder: Milford Police Department, Quincy Police Department, the State Police Detectives assigned to the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office, State Police Crime Scene Services, the State Police Dive Team, and personnel from the State Police Crime Lab.