PITTSFIELD — A snap decision to rob a liquor store for drug money in late June, landed a city man behind bars for up to 3 1/2 years.

Sean Matthews, 25, admitted to robbing K&K Discount Liquors and Variety at knifepoint on June 29 and getting away, albeit briefly, with almost $400.

Matthews told police he woke up that morning with no money to purchase heroin to support his addiction, so he took a kitchen knife from his Cromwell Avenue home and robbed the store.

He opted to have his case heard in Berkshire Superior Court via a district attorney's complaint rather than have the case heard before a grand jury.

He admitted to all of the facts presented by Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Gregory Barry, except for the claim that he told the clerk on duty to "not say a ... word" before fleeing the store, which he claimed did not occur.

The clerk on duty was not injured during the robbery, but recognized Matthews as a regular customer, despite his attempt to disguise himself with a hooded sweatshirt, ball cap and sunglasses.

He was arrested without incident at his home later and showed officers where he'd hidden the money, and a wooded area where he stashed the sweatshirt.

Matthews pleaded guilty before Judge John Agostini to charges of armed robbery and intimidation of a witness.


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Agostini accepted the agreed-upon recommendation reached between Barry and Matthews' attorney, Thomas Donohue, and sentenced him to 3 to 3 1/2 years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction.

He was given credit for 29 days of time already served in custody since his arrest.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.