Tuesday June 5, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A man, who served a nine-month sentence for his role in a 2009 attack in which a local man's face was slashed, is back in jail after violating his probation in the case.

Jeremy Babcock, 23, of Great Barrington, was sentenced to six months in the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction by Judge Daniel A. Ford.

Babcock admitted that he violated his probation by drinking alcohol and using cocaine.

"Alcohol is his devil," Babcock's attorney, Alexander Z. Nappan, told the court.

Babcock's criminal activity was linked to his drug and alcohol abuse, according to earlier statements by prosecutors.

The agreed-upon plea between Nappan and the county probation department includes a recommendation that Babcock attend the Western Massachusetts Correctional Alcohol Center, a minimum security residential treatment center in Springfield.

"I believe he has a future," Nappan said. He called Babcock polite and soft spoken.

In June 2011, Babcock was sentenced to jail followed by two years of probation for his role in the beating and robbery of Macartney Roberts of Great Barrington along the train tracks behind Castronova Park. Babcock's probation stipulated that he stay clean and sober during his supervision.

Two other men, Michael McLean and Lionell B. Pittman, both of Beacon, N.Y., also participated in the Sept. 16, 2009, attack. Pittman was sentenced to prison, McLean to jail.

According to previous testimony, Babcock initially participated in the attack, but didn't know Pittman planned to slash Roberts. The laceration to the face later required more than 100 stitches to close. Babcock later tried to protect Roberts from further attack.

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