LOWELL -- A city man whom a prosecutor described as a "violent thug" has been sentenced to three years in prison for his part in a violent attack during which a Dracut man died.

Matthew Andrade, 27, of 200 Market St., Apt. 1, pleaded guilty to assault and battery in Lowell Superior Court on Wednesday, as well as assault.

A fight broke out in front of a nightclub on Middlesex Street just before 2 a.m. on Aug. 18, 2013.

"Several guys were hitting this one guy and then everyone came out and started fighting," said a witness who asked not to be identified.

Andrade is allegedly shown on security tape kicking a person several times, while the victim was on the ground in a fetal position.

Andrade allegedly told police he didn't know the person. but had "a problem" with him so he kicked him while he was on the ground.

As the fight grew more violent and moved down Middlesex Street, another person was stabbed and a third person, Keny Sien, 25, of Dracut, was fatally shot.

"The defendant is a violent thug, and it is his actions that directly led to an escalation in violence that caused weapons to be used," prosecutor Suzanne Kontz wrote in court documents.

Kontz detailed Andrade's criminal history:

* In 2005, he was arrested by Dracut police on charges of selling drugs. Also that year, he was accused of spitting and throwing rocks at his father.

* In 2008, Andrade was accused of going to a victim's workplace, attacking her brother and threatening her and her family, Kontz wrote.


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* In 2011, Andrade was arrested for his alleged role in a large fight during the Lowell Folk Festival, when he kicked a person in the head as the victim lay defenseless, Kontz wrote.

Judge Heidi Brieger sentenced Andrade to three years in prison followed by six years probation with the conditions that he stay away from and have no contact with victims and witnesses, specifically, David Sin, Channa Seng, Phany Seng and Ros Savann.

Additionally, the court ruled he is not to directly or indirectly have any contact with known gang members and have no gang affiliations. He is prohibited from consuming alcohol or taking illegal drugs. He will be subjected to random testing. He will be evaluated for drug dependency and mental-health issues, with follow-up treatment as necessary.

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