PITTSFIELD — Twin brothers have pleaded guilty to beating a man in Adams last March after a Facebook dispute boiled over.

Caleb T. Sherman, of Adams, and Tyler C. Sherman, of Cheshire, both 24, admitted they assaulted the man March 11 behind the Big Y supermarket in Adams.

The victim, 21, identified the Sherman brothers as the assailants to police, who tracked them down on Commercial Street and arrested them, according to the police report.

The man told police one brother punched him in the face while another came up from behind him and knocked him to his knees before they both began punching and kicking him, causing a cut beneath his eye requiring two stitches.

Witnesses in a parked car and a resident of a nearby apartment corroborated the victim's account.

The man told police the dispute stemmed from a Facebook argument about a laptop he sold to a friend of the brothers' who never paid for it.

Caleb Sherman pleaded guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on Friday to one count each of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, and threat to commit a crime, to wit: assault and battery on a public employee.

Judge John Agostini sentenced him to concurrent two-year sentences on the assault charges and a concurrent six-month sentence for the threat.

One count of strangulation or suffocation was dismissed at the request of the commonwealth.


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Tyler Sherman pleaded guilty to one count each of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery. He was sentenced to a total of three years in jail; a two-year sentence on the assault and battery charge, followed by a year on the other charge.

One count of strangulation or suffocation was dismissed at the request of the commonwealth.

The investigation was conducted by members of the Adams Police Department.