Sunday August 12, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A New York teen who pleaded guilty to a June assault at a residential school in Great Barrington earlier this week is back in his home state to face a probation violation.

Keith Thigpen, 19, admitted to a Central Berkshire District Court judge on Tuesday to choking a fellow student at the Eagleton School on June 13 and threatening a staff member with a large metal pin he pulled from a fire extinguisher.

The staff of the residential "psycho-educational" facility located on Monterey Road was eventually able to gain control of Thigpen, according to a police report.

The Great Barrington Police were called in the next day and arrested Thigpen.

Thigpen was expelled from the school after the incident.

On Tuesday, in the Jury of Six Session of Central District Court, Judge Paul M. Vrabel ordered Thigpen to serve a 60-day jail sentence. The defendant had already served 54 days.

The Westchester (N.Y.) County Probation De partment, who had placed Thigpen at the school, filed a probation violation in the case and on Thursday picked the defendant up and returned him to New York to face those charges.

Thigpen is on probation until 2014 for a conviction of criminal possession of a weapon in New York.

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