Friday July 27, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A Mont erey man who's serving a five- to seven-year prison sentence for beating and threatening to kill a woman in June 2010 is accused of sending threatening letters to her and her sister.

Gerald V. Field appeared on Wednesday in Berkshire Sup erior Court and pleaded not guilty to two counts of witness intimidation for allegedly sending anonymous anti-Semitic hate mail to the two women.

Prosecutors say the hate mail was sent to the women bet ween Aug. 15, 2011, and Jan. 10 of this year, dates that overlap with Field's trial.

According to the Berkshire District Attorney's Office, recently uncovered DNA evidence found on the letters link them to Field.

In January, Field was found guilty in a jury trial of two counts of assault and battery and single counts of threat to commit murder, witness intimidation and assault with a dangerous weapon. He was found not guilty of the most serious charges he was facing, which included rape and kidnapping.

The victim, who had briefly dated the defendant, alleged that Field held her captive for six days in June 2010, raping and beating her repeatedly during that time. The defense successfully argued that the woman was not held against her will.

The prosecutor and defense attorney who handled the original trial will also handle the new case. Field is being represented by attorney Thomas J. Donohue Jr.


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, while Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Marianne Shelvey will prosecute the case.

Field will continue to serve his prison sentence while awaiting the disposition of the new case.

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