This story has been modified to reflect that the defendant only was being tried on drug distribution charges.

PITTSFIELD — A day after his trial began on drug charges, a Pittsfield man decided to enter a plea agreement in the case.

Carlton P. Harley Jr., 44, of Pittsfield, was sentenced to 18 months in jail after pleading guilty to a single count of cocaine distribution. His sentence will begin on March 25.

During opening statements on Monday, Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Joseph Yorlano said Harley planned to sell approximately four grams of cocaine, which police caught him with on April 25, 2015, while responding to a call about a disturbance.

Yorlano said the approximately $950 in cash he had, along with other evidence and a lack of user paraphernalia, suggested the drugs were intended for sale.

Harley's attorney, Joshua Hochberg, had described his client as a "recreational" drug user who had purchased the so-called "eight ball" of cocaine for himself and said the cash was rent money.

Judge John Agostini accepted the plea in Berkshire Superior Court on Tuesday morning and imposed the sentence, which will be served at the Berkshire Jail and House of Correction.

Harley was originally indicted on additional charges of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, assault by means of a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a family member and illegal possession of a firearm, but those charges were dropped by the state.


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