Thursday November 22, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- After a series of delays, the Las Vegas man accused of threatening Meredith Nilan over the phone pleaded to facts sufficient for a plea of guilty on the charge of making harassing phone calls.

On Wednesday in Central Berk shire District Court, Trevor Moore, 32, was sentenced to a a six-month probation. Judge Michael Mulcahy also ordered him to pay $400 in court fees and to stay away from the Nilan family.

The plea was agreed upon by Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Jeffrey Bengtson, a special prosecutor brought in to handle the case, and Moore’s attorney, Harry Conklin. If Moore stays out of trouble for the next six months, his case will be dismissed.

Moore’s second charge of threat to commit murder was dismissed at the request of the prosecutor.

Bengtson handled the case because of the ties between Clifford Nilan, the chief of probation at Berkshire Superior Court, who is Meredith’s father, and the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office.

According to the Pittsfield Police, Moore, who has ties to Cheshire, made a series of calls to the Nilan home in February and March and threatened the woman’s life. Police said he told her family that he was going to "make sure Š that she’s taken care of if the justice system doesn’t come through this time," among other related threats.

The threats were allegedly linked to a December car-versus-pedestrian accident in which Nilan, 25, was the driver.


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The accident left Peter Moore, a local man who was out walking his dog, severely injured.

Peter Moore and Trevor Moore are not related.

Nilan’s case was continued without a finding of guilt for six months in early June.

On Wednesday, Bengtson told the court that Trevor Moore made no move to follow through with the threats and was intoxicated when he made the calls. Conklin said this type of behavior wasn’t typical of his client.

Moore is on administrative probation for six months, meaning he is not required to check in with the probation department. Moore’s attorney said his client was heading back to Las Vegas, where he is a resident.

Moore’s case, which was originally scheduled to be arraigned in June, was postponed on several occasions due to scheduling problems, according to court documents.

Meredith Nilan was not in court for the hearing.

In July, Nilan sought and briefly received a harassment order against local blogger and journalist Dan Valenti for writing about her case. Nilan told the court she believed Trevor Moore’s threats against her were fueled by Valenti’s blogging about her case.

Valenti was ordered to remove any posts about Nilan, but the order was later overturned.