UPDATED: Sudbury Man Facing Attempted Murder Charge Held on $10K Bail

Police say he tried to suffocate his wife with a mattress.

UPDATED: 4:55 P.M.

A Sudbury man is being held on $10,000 bail after police say he tried to kill his wife earlier on Tuesday.

Kevin Ference, 62, of 12 Demarco Road, who was seen shaking and sobbing prior to his arraignment at Framingham District, is charged with:

  • Domestic assault and battery;
  • Assault and battery with a dangerous weapon;
  • Attempted murder.

According to the prosecutor, police reported Ference's wife was visibly shaken after they were dispatched to the home at about 9:43 a.m. via a 911 call she made from one of the home's bathrooms.

Both the bedroom and living room were in disarray, and Kevin Ference's hands, arms, nose and mouth were bloody, the prosecutor said.

"After driving her children to school and walking their dog, she walked into the house and her husband asked for his property back," the proscutor explained.

Ference was asking for his pants, which his wife said had a small amount of marijuana and a pipe.

According to the prosecutor, she said, "You have a drug problem," and didn't want him around the kids any longer.

A fight between them ensued, with Ference allegedly compressing his wife's face into the bed.

"He became enraged, crazy, holding her neck and shaking her," the prosecutor said. "He then wrapped his hand around her hair and ripped it out."

The proscutor then said the abuse continued into the living room, where Ference threw her on the couch, held his hand over her mouth and allegedly said, "I'll kill you."

His wife then bit his hand, which police reported likely caused the abrasions they witnessed at the scene. There were also bruises on her neck and a clump of hair estimated to be hundreds of strands.

According to the police report, after officers arrived, Kevin Ference replied, "I have nothing to say. You're going to do what you're going to do."

Ference claims his bruises and the pulled hair from his wife were in self defense.

"He denies trying to harm her," his court-appointed attorney said. "He's shaken by the attempted murder charge."

Kevin Ference admitted they had previous marital issues, but thought they had worked them out.

A background check of Ference found he had three previous violations, none of which was was convicted of. They were:

  • Firearms (1986);
  • Domestic assault and battery;
  • Restraining order violation (October-December 2011).

The prosecution asked Judge David Cunis that Ference be held on $15,000 bail, and that he is not to be involved in any crime, have no usage of dangerous weapons and to not have any alcohol or drugs.

Cunis set bail at $10,000, with the other conditions being part of his release. Ference's next court date is Feb. 19.

"I can't make that date," Ference said before being escorted out of court.

Ference and his wife have been married and lived in Sudbury since 1994. The prosecutor said she is expected to file for a restraining order.

Below is the original story.


A 911 call to the Sudbury Police Department regarding a domestic dispute resulted in a local man being arrested.

According to Lt. Scott Nix, a woman at 12 Demarco Road called after retreating  to a bathroom in the home.

After responding officers arrived and completed an investigation, Kevin Ference, 62, of the same address, was arrested and charged with:

  • Domestic assault and battery;
  • Assault and battery with a dangerous weapon;
  • Attempted murder.

According to Nix, Ference tried to strangle and suffocate the woman with the dangerous weapon — a mattress.

The woman suffered injuries which included hair ripped from her head.

Nix said Ference did not resist arrest.

He is scheduled to be arraigned at Framingham District Court today.

joanne January 22, 2013 at 10:22 PM
@ Trolling- what is wrong with you? Seriously this man tried to kill someone and you think its funny? What if that was your Mom? Sister? Would you think it was funny then?
Devils Advocate January 23, 2013 at 04:22 AM
really? you know for a fact he tried to kill her? I mean the police and woman are saying attempted murder but do you really know that this mans true intentions were to kill her? doubtful. clearly a brutal physical altercation but attempted murder seems a bit far fetched to me...
Devils Advocate January 23, 2013 at 04:48 AM
Did it ever occur to you that you can use pretty much any inanimate object as a weapon. Labeling a mattress as a dangerous weapon is the real problem I have here. The mattress itself is not dangerous, just the person using it as a weapon is. Just because a person may use an everyday object as a weapon does not mean it should change the classification of it to a "dangerous weapon". Only objects that clearly have alternative uses as weapons should be called so, such as knives, guns, etc...By definition, anything considered to be a weapon is dangerous anyway, so calling it a dangerous weapon is an over-exaggeration by the police. I am merely laughing at how the popo are a group of trolls that are given way to much power, which they take advantage of time and time again.
sudburycitizentoo January 23, 2013 at 12:21 PM
Devil's Advocate has a good point--delivery wasn't as good tho. THINK about it before attacking. The holier than thou crowd on patch is a dangerous weapon if eva I saw one! LOL!!
joanne January 23, 2013 at 01:12 PM
@ Devils Advocate- I do agree with a few of your points. Yes any inanimate object can be used as a weapon. Well I wont comment about the popo- but I agree. I have to say- it does sound as though this man was blind with rage. Smothering someones face, putting your hands around their throat, shaking them , ripping out someones hair, he could have very easily killed her. I think its a very sad situation, for the whole family, especially the kids-


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