Saturday April 6, 2013

PITTSFIELD -- A 33-year-old city man has been sentenced to 10 months behind bars for abusing his wife for refusing to give him access to her bank account so he could by crack cocaine.

Police said Ryan C. Manley attacked his wife last September, punched her, pushed her and pulled her hair all in an attempt to get her to reveal the PIN number for her checking account. In a separate incident, he later played a role in a drug-related breaking and entering into a Hinsdale residence.

In Central Berkshire District Court, Judge Fredric D. Rutberg sentenced Manley to jail and a year of probation.

According to a Pittsfield Police report, Manley is 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 300 pounds, while she is 5 feet 5 inches and 125 pounds. The wife told police that Manley had in the past drained the account of money for rent and bills in order to buy drugs.

On Friday, Manley also pleaded guilty to a charge of violating a restraining order related to his wife. Last month, he was involved in an a breaking and entering of a Watson Road residence in Hinsdale.

On Friday, Manley told the court he was not aware that his co-defendant, 23-year-old Jack Sawtelle, was going to kick the door in and steal from the residence, but did admit driving Sawtelle away from the scene.

According to the police report, Sawtelle had told Manley that he intended to steal a television so that they could buy drugs.

Sawtelle is currently being held on $2,500 cash bail and is scheduled to be back in court on April 25.


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He has pleaded not guilty to his charges.

Manley was represented by attorney Glynis Mac Veety on the assault and battery charge and by Isabel Colonna on the burglary and violation of a restraining order. Both his attorneys said he is committed to his sobriety and family.