Saturday September 22, 2012

One of five people accused of a late-night joy ride on stolen golf carts in May was ordered by a District Court judge to perform 50 hours of community service while on administrative probation for a year.

Katherine Miller, 19, of Dalton, pleaded to facts sufficient for a finding of guilt on Friday in Central Berkshire District Court and had her case continued without a finding of guilt. If she stays out of trouble for a year, her case will be dismissed.

Miller, along with four other area residents, were charged with 13 felonies in May after allegedly breaking into the Country Club of Pittsfield and stealing six golf carts. Several of the vehicles sustained damage. One hit a tree and another ended up in a creek, police said.

Three of Miller’s co-defendants were also in court Friday and had intended to change their pleas, but when Judge Fredric D. Rutberg told two of them he would send them to jail for the crimes and that the third would be getting a suspended sentence, all three defendants withdrew their pleas and will be heading to trial. The men had been seeking similar sentences to what Miller received.

The judge said he would give Casey Daby 90 days in jail and a nine-month suspended sentence and Anthony Bush ika six months in jail and a six-month suspended sentence. Both are 22 and from Pittsfield.

Mitchell Harris of Hinsdale was looking at a one-year suspended sentence.

The three will be going to trial in May.

A fifth defendant, Ryan Murphy, 18, of Richmond, had his case transferred out of Central District Court because of a conflict. It was unclear to which court it was transferred or the outcome of the case. According to the North Adams, Northampton and Chicopee district courts, none of them are handling the case.