Wednesday October 17, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- One of two men accused of beating a 28-year-old with wooden table legs pleaded guilty on Tuesday in Central Berkshire District Court and was sentenced to 15 months in jail.

Matthew T. Bouchard, 26, of Pittsfield, also admitted to stealing jewelry from a friend he was helping to move. Bouchard pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property over $250 and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

In court, his lawyer, Joshua C. Hochberg said his client was very remorseful for what happened.

According to the Pittsfield Police, at about 1 a.m. on Sept. 20, Bouchard and Richard A. Stansen, 36, also of Pittsfield, attacked Stansen’s roommate, Troy Sargent, with wooden table legs.

When Pittsfield Police officers arrived at the Francis Avenue residence a short time later, they found Sargent bleeding from his head, face, arms and hand. Sargent was taken to Berkshire Medical Center where he was treated and released, according to police.

Bouchard and Stansen were arrested a short distance from the house.

The attack was apparently drug-related, according to the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office.

Officers said they found drug paraphernalia and a small amount of what they believe to be heroin at the house, which they confiscated.

In March, the two defendants stole jewelry from a friend that they were helping move then sold the items, according to a police report.

Judge Paul M.


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Vrabel ordered Bouchard serve 15 months in jail. The DA’s Office asked for an 18-month sentence. The defense was asking for a year.

Both Bouchard and Stansen have been in jail since their arraignments on Sept. 20.

Stansen’s two cases remain pending. He is being represented by attorney Anthony Gianacopoulos.