Sunday August 19, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- The second of two men accused of stealing fence posts from a Lenox Dale church yard was sentenced to 10 days in jail on Friday after pleading guilty to larceny and drug charges.

In Central Berkshire District Court, Troy E. Sargent, 28, of Tyler Street admitted his involvement in the theft of 112 metal fence posts from outside of St. Vincent De Paul’s church in Lenox Dale on Aug. 18, 2011. He and another man, 23-year-old Kiernan Nolan, also of Pittsfield, were caught in the act by Lenox police as they were loading the metal into a truck. Police said they also found a bag with burglary tools and a small amount of heroin inside the vehicle.

On Friday, Sargent also admitted to possession of a Class A substance.

Sargent’s attorney, Jedd Hall, said his client thought the metal was scrap and hadn’t been in any more trouble since the incident.

Judge Fredric D. Rutberg gave the defendant a suspended 30-day sentence with 10 days to be served along with a year’s probation during which Sargent must refrain from drugs and alcohol and submit to random drug tests. The judge’s sentence was in line with the sentence proposed by the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office.

The judge dismissed the charge of possessing burglary tools.

Sargent will begin his sentence on Aug. 22.

Sargent’s co-defendant pleaded guilty to similar charges last month and had his case continued without a finding of guilt for six months.