Saturday February 9, 2013

PITTSFIELD -- A local man who has been sitting in jail in New York for more than two years is back in the Berkshires in jail without the right to bail.

On Thursday in Berkshire Superior Court, Huton Hemley, 27, whose last known address was on Lake Street in Pittsfield, appeared before Judge John A. Agostini for a bail hearing on two counts of cocaine distribution and was held without bail while the prosecutor and defense attorney try and resolve the case.

According to court records, Hemley was arraigned in July 2009 on the two felonies. He later made bail after it was reduced from $20,000 to $5,000. He was supposed to go to trial sometime in the summer of 2010 but was arrested in the Bronx, N.Y., on a charge of first degree robbery that July.

In New York, he had been held on $25,000 cash bail in jail awaiting the outcome of his case there.

Earlier this month, he was convicted on the lesser charge of second degree attempted robbery and was sentenced to time served. But because of his pending charges here, he was returned to Berkshire County.

On Thursday, Second Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Robert W. Kinzer III and Hemley’s attorney, William A. Rota, agreed to a March 2 status date in the case.

Meanwhile, the woman who put up Hemley’s bail back in August 2009 for his Berkshire Superior Court case asked for and was given the money she had put up.

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