Friday September 7, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A city woman, accused of attempting to slash her ex-boyfriend with a knife after discovering hickeys on his neck, had her case continued without a finding of guilt for a year on Thursday in Central Berkshire District Court.

Judge Michael Ripps ordered Sarah Somes to take anger management classes during the time she will be on administrative probation for charges of assault and battery, assault with a dangerous weapon, and witness intimidation.

Police say that on July 8, Somes, 20, punched Joshua Desnoyers in the stomach and later slashed at his crotch area with a kitchen knife as he sat in a chair in his boxer shorts. He was not cut. It was alleged she also broke Desnoyers’ cellphone when he attempted to call 911.

The pair’s 18-month old child was in the apartment at the time, said police.

Somes’ attorney, Isabel W. Colonna, said her client wanted to put the "unfortunate" incident behind her and was working toward getting her child -- who is currently living with a relative -- back.

If there are no more problems, Somes’ case will be dismissed after a year.

Desnoyers, 21, was also charged in the incident after Somes alleged that he had forced her to the ground, punched her in the stomach, put a knife to her throat, and threatened to kill her after she came to his apartment to return a cellphone.

Desnoyers, represented by attorney John A. Bernardo, is scheduled to be in court today for a pretrial hearing.