Wednesday April 18, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A Pittsfield man who may have been the target of last week's shooting pleaded not guilty on Tuesday in Central Berkshire District Court to threatening to commit murder and witness intimidation. He was held without bail.

Jevaughn Ainsley, 18, of Columbus Avenue, allegedly threatened a witness in last Thursday's shooting that took place in the area of Columbus and Daniels avenues around 10 p.m. No one was hurt in the incident.

On Friday, Ainsley refused to leave a 34-year-old woman's yard and told her not to "go to sleep" and to "watch her back" before making a slicing motion across his throat with his finger, according to a police report.

Police said Ainsley may have been the target of the shooting. He refused to speak to police about the incident.

According to the Pittsfield Police, Ainsley has had 15 adult arraignments in Central Berkshire District Court since October 2010, for charges ranging from assault and battery to breaking and entering for a felony.

Since January, he has been charged with assault and battery with a knife, trespassing and shoplifting.

"We have dealt with him with in an adverse capacity over 30 times in a year and a half," wrote Pittsfield Police Detective Capt. Patrick F. Barry in his probable cause report. Barry goes on to say that Ainsley has a "reckless disregard" for the law.

On Tuesday, Ainsley had his bail revoked on a pending case in which he allegedly stabbed a juvenile friend in a drunken fight.


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He can be held for 60 days without bail and is scheduled to be back in court May 22.

The bail revocation was by agreement of his attorney Marc C. Vincelette and the Berkshire District Attorney's Office. After the 60 days are up, Ainsley will have to put up $2,500 to get out of jail.

Ainsley is also facing possible deportation to Jamaica, his country of origin. Federal authorities allege Ainsley has been in the country illegally since January 2010. He came here to visit friends in July 2009 and never left.

Barry said the U.S. Depart ment of Homeland Security plans to deport Ainsley after the case against him locally is resolved in the courts, or when he posts bail.

"He should be deported at the earliest opportunity, be fore he kills someone," Barry wrote in the probable cause report.

Meanwhile, police have a suspect in a second shooting that took place in the same area on Saturday morning at about 12:48 a.m., but no arrests have been made and no victims have come forward. A handgun was recovered in that incident and is being sent to the state crime lab for analysis.