Thursday March 14, 2013

PITTSFIELD -- A 20-year-old Lanesborough man who admitted abusing his then-girlfriend over the course of three days in January was sentenced to two years in jail and five years of probation.

On Wednesday in Berkshire Superior Court, Frank DiLorenzo III of Meadow Lane pleaded guilty to six charges, including multiple counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a dangerous weapon and a single count of assault and battery.

According to Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Dana Parsons, after finding a cell phone text from the woman’s coworker and accusing her of cheating, DiLorenzo choked and punched the 19-year-old, pushed her head into a toilet, beat her with a metal pole, bit her on the nose, head-butted her in the face, and threatened her with a hammer and other implements between Jan. 15 and 18. He also prevented her from either seeking medical attention or going to work.

"She was scared for her life," said the prosecutor.

The woman’s ordeal ended when police showed up after she secretly texted her mother and asked her to call police, said Parsons. The victim suffered bruising, abrasions, bite marks and bumps.

While the victim did not present a statement to the court, Parsons read statements from the teen’s mother and younger sister, who both expressed horror at by what happened to the young woman.

The sister, according to what Parsons read, said she would be haunted for the rest of her life by the site of the victim’s "swollen" and "bruised" face and the "fear in her eyes."

The victim’s mother said the family has suffered financially as well due to hospital bills for her daughter and missed work for her.

Parsons and DiLorenzo’s attorney, Joseph P. Colonna, presented the court with an agreed-upon plea of two years at the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction followed by five years of probation.

"He needs to get clean and sober and get his life back on track," said Parsons.

Colonna told the court that his client was remorseful for his actions and that the event had been fueled by alcohol. He said DiLorenzo was planning on taking advantage of opportunities at the jail, including getting his GED.

Judge John A. Agostini sentenced the defendant in line with the plea deal. While on probation DiLorenzo must stay drug- and alcohol-free, undergo testing, attend a domestic violence program, and abide by a restraining order.

A charge of kidnapping was dismissed by the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office.

DiLorenzo has already served 54 days in jail awaiting the outcome of the case.

The investigation was conducted by members of the Lanesborough Police Department.