GREAT BARRINGTON >> A Pittsfield man has been sentenced to 17 months in jail for operating under the influence of alcohol while still being on probation for a previous OUI conviction.
Kyle Brigley, 26, of Benedict Road, Pittsfield, was sentenced to 150 days in jail after being found guilty by Southern Berkshire District Court Judge Matthew Shea to one count of operating under the influence of alcohol. The offense occurred on Nov. 13.
In addition, he was also sentenced to a year in jail for negligent operation of a motor vehicle while on probation for a previous OUI offense.
Under Melanie's Law, which was passed in 2005, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol while on probation for a previous OUI offense carries a mandatory one-year sentence.
Melanie's Law was passed in the wake of the death of Melanie Powell, a 13-year-old girl from Marshfield who was killed by a repeat-offense drunk driver on her way to a birthday party in 2003.
The law mandates that the one-year jail penalty must be levied on top of any other sentence and cannot be served concurrently.