Monday March 25, 2013

PITTSFIELD -- A 25-year-old man has been sentenced to 18 months in jail after admitting that he threatened to shoot state police troopers, their families and innocent civilians after he was charged with drunken driving in January, his second arrest for the same offense within a matter of weeks.

Marquis Williamson, 25, of Pittsfield, pleaded guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Thursday to a dozen charges, including two counts of drunken driving and three counts of witness intimidation. A charge of making a bomb threat was dismissed at the request of the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office.

His attorney, John A. Bernardo, said Williamson was "extremely ashamed" of his behavior on Jan. 2 when he was arrested after a brief car chase through the streets of Pittsfield.

According to Assistant District Attorney Mary-Elizabeth Mack, Williamson was arrested by State Police from the Cheshire Barracks after he led them on a brief car chase while a passenger hung part-way out of the front seat of his vehicle attempting to get away.

After he was taken into custody, an intoxicated Williamson told the troopers that he knew how to make bombs, and threatened to blow up the barracks. He said he would "go on a rampage on innocent people so that the state police would have to live with the consequences in their thoughts," Mack told the court. He also threatened to kill the troopers’ families, she said.


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In a probable cause report, a state trooper called Williamson "one of the most disrespectful persons that I ever dealt with."

Bernardo said that it "was the alcohol talking" that night and that Williamson had a drinking problem.

Williamson was also charged with drunken driving on Nov. 17 after he came close to side-swiping a police cruiser that had stopped another vehicle on Dalton Avenue.

District Court Judge Rita S. Koenigs adopted a joint sentencing recommendation presented by the prosecution and the defense. They also recommended that Williams seek treatment for substance abuse while he’s incarcerated.

Mack said the trooper she had spoken to felt the sentencing recommendation was appropriate.

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