Thursday May 31, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A Pittsfield man was sentenced to a year in jail on Wednesday after he admitted to breaking into vehicles and stealing items inside, including credit cards that he used to purchase cigarettes and rent video games.

Wesley P. Kinnas, 39, of Dartmouth Street, pleaded guilty to more than a dozen charges stemming from several cases involving vehicle break-ins in Pittsfield in October 2011 and March 2012, including one in which he left a slingshot behind at the scene of the crime.

His attorney, Joshua C. Hochberg, said Kinnas slipped back into abusing drugs after experiencing some personal problems, which led to his criminal activity.

"He had a slip," said the attorney, "but he plans to make it his last."

In October, Kinnas was caught by the Pittsfield Police breaking into cars on Dartmouth and Linden streets. In March, while out on personal recognizance, he was charged with breaking into a car parked outside of Johnny’s Beach Club on Wahconah Street and stealing various items, including prescription pills and an iPod, which were later found inside the truck he was driving.

At the time, he denied committing the crime.

On Wednesday, Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Joseph Yorlano asked that Kinnas be sentenced to a year in jail, telling the court that the sentence took into account the defendant’s willingness to plead guilty to all the cases.

Hochberg asked for a nine-month sentence, saying it was long enough for Kinnas to go through the in-jail treatment program.

Judge Paul Vrabel sentenced Kinnas to a year at the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction with recommendations for drug treatment.

Kinnas has already been in jail for three months after having his bail revoked in March.