PITTSFIELD -- A city man, accused of being in possession of more than $1,000 in cocaine, saw his case continued without a finding of guilt for a year on Friday in Central Berkshire District Court.
Justin Squires, 21, of Flintstone Drive, had a separate set of charges disposed of as well. In that case from December 2011, police said he threatened to burn someone’s house down while he waved a knife and frightened the home’s occupants.
According to his attorneys, Squires was reacting to the death of his father and had since gotten off drugs and is in therapy.
On April 19, Lenox Police pulled Squires over for speeding on Pittsfield-Lenox Road (Routes 7 and 20) and found Old English malt liquor in the car he was driving. He then told police about the eight grams of cocaine in his trunk, which was seized, police said.
On Friday, Squires pleaded to facts sufficient for a finding of guilt and had charges of possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute and illegal possession of alcohol by a minor continued without a finding of guilt for one year. That means if he doesn’t get in trouble, the charges against him will be dropped.
Judge Frederic D. Rutberg followed the recommendation of attorney Alexander Sohn. The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office was asking for a one-year suspended sentence with 90 days to be served.
The charges from December 2011, which included threat to commit arson and assault with a dangerous weapon, were also continued without a finding of guilt for a year by the judge.
According to police and prosecutors, Squires went to the Dalton home of an acquaintance he believed was badmouthing Squires’ deceased father, threatened the 23-year-old man with a knife, and said he would burn the house down.
His attorney in that case, Glynis Mac Veety, said her client was angry, admitted it was a dumb thing to do and never had any intention of actually committing arson.
The attorney pointed out that the charges were filed nearly a year after the incident.
As part of the disposition of the cases Squires must remain drug and alcohol free and submit to random drug tests.
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