Thursday September 27, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- In June 2011, Danielle LaBrie sat in a car waiting for her then-fiancé to run in and pick up a drink at a local coffee shop just before the start of their vacation. In reality, Matthew W. Clemo was selling his bride-to-be’s jewelry at a nearby pawn shop.

On Wednesday, Clemo pleaded guilty to the crime and was given a suspended sentence. Meanwhile, LaBrie, 32, said she is out thousands of dollars, but more importantly has lost her ability to trust people.

In Central Berkshire District Court, Clemo, 24, of Cummington, pleaded guilty to a single count of receiving stolen property. His attorney told the court Clemo was sorry for what he had done and wished he could take back his actions.

The revelations of the theft ended the couple’s relationship, according to Clemo’s attorney, Thomas C. Doyle.

LaBrie, in a written statement to the court, said that the jewelry that was pawned, including her mother’s class ring, had sentimental value and was worth $7,000. Clemo received a little more than $1,000 for the jewelry, according to a Pittsfield Police report.

The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office requested that Clemo be sentenced to nine months in jail. Judge Jacklyn M. Connly instead gave the defendant a year’s suspended jail sentence and two years of probation.

The sentence would ensure the victim is paid back, according to the judge.


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If Clemo violates probation by failing to pay restitution, he can be sentenced to the year in jail.

The victim received $2,000 from insurance, but wants Clemo to pay $5,000 more. Clemo paid $500 in restitution on Wednesday. A hearing to determine how much more he will have to pay is scheduled for November.

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