Tuesday July 26, 2011

PITTSFIELD - David W. Vincent III was sentenced to life without parole Tuesday in Berkshire Superior Court. Following six days of testimony, the jury deliberated for four hours before finding the 43-year-old former Pittsfield resident guilty of first-degree murder for the 2009 killing of his girlfriend, Rebecca Moulton.

Moulton, 27, was found badly beaten June 3, 2009 at the Fourth Street apartment in Pittsfield that the couple shared. She was taken to Berkshire Medical Center, and died the next day from her injuries. Following her death Vincent was charged with murder.

Vincent stayed with the unconscious victim for close to eight hours after the attack, making and receiving around 40 phone calls, but failing to call 911. His brother Brian Vincent called for an ambulance when he arrived at the apartment that morning.

The six day trial - prosecuted by Berkshire First Assistant District Attorney Paul J. Caccaviello and defended by attorney William A. Rota - revolved around whether Vincent was drunk and high on drugs at the time of the beating and if his actions were premeditated.

Judge John A. Agostini, before handing down the mandatory sentence, called the killing "senseless" and a "tragedy."

"No one comes out of this trial feeling better," he said.