Friday October 12, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A Savoy man who admitted he beat and threatened a woman with death has been ordered to serve a 31 2 to six-year sentence in state prison.

On Wednesday in Berkshire Superior Court, 31-year-old Jason M. Lemieux pleaded guilty to 14 charges related to the abuse of a 31-year-old woman over the course of more than a year, between Aug. 1, 2009, and Sept. 27, 2010, in North ern Berkshire County.

Among the charges were eight counts of assault and battery, two counts each of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and threat to commit murder, and single counts of witness intimidation and misleading a police officer. Three counts of rape were dismissed at the request of the prosecutor, Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Rach ael Eramo, as part of the agreed-upon plea.

Judge John A. Agostini ordered Lemieux to serve a Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction prison sentence of at least 31 2 years and a maximum of six years. After his release from prison, the defendant will be on house arrest for three years with a 21 2-year suspended jail sentence. If he violates his probation, he can be sentenced to the jail time.

During the probation period, Lemieux will be required to wear a GPS monitor and will only be allowed to leave his home to go to work, counseling sessions, medical appointments and religious services.


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He is also required to stay away from the victim and can't own any firearms.

Lemieux was represented by attorney Thomas J. Donohue Jr.

The investigation was conducted by state police detectives assigned to the Berkshire District Attorney's Office.