Friday September 14, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A fugitive who recently turned himself in on a decade-old warrant pleaded guilty to a felony larceny charge and was fined the amount of money he stole from Lipton Mart while employed there in 2001.

Joseph Alan Shea, 33, who returned to the area from Arizona, admitted that in December 2001 he faked an armed robbery while em ployed at a Lipton Mart in Pittsfield and stole the money -- $754 -- he told police he had been robbed of while he was manning the store’s counter.

The Pittsfield Police charged Shea with larceny over $250 and filing a false police report but Shea fled the area before his arraignment. At the time, Shea was on probation after having an assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (a shod foot) and assault and battery charges continued without a finding of guilt in June 2001.

A probation violation was also lodged in the case.

Last month, Shea showed up at the Pittsfield Police station, turned himself in and was arraigned. He has been out on personal recognizance since that time.

Shea’s attorney, Thomas M. Sherman Jr., said his client hasn’t been in trouble with the law for the last 11 years and was due to be off of probation four days before his "new" charges triggered the probation violation.

On Wednesday, Judge Will iam P. Hadley ordered Shea to pay a $754 fine.

The sentence was in line with a joint recommendation be tween the Berkshire District Attorney’s office and Sherman.

Shea was also found guilty of violating probation and had his probation terminated.