Saturday June 15, 2013

PITTSFIELD -- A 32-year-old man police say threatened his girlfriend with a large kitchen knife in March, was sentenced on Friday to nine months in jail for the crimes.

In Central Berkshire District Court, Kevin Bailey appeared with his attorney, Alexander Sohn, and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and battery and assault.

According to police and prosecutors, a 42-year-old woman came to the Pittsfield Police station on March 4 and was "visibly upset and crying." She reported that Bailey, with whom she was in a dating relationship, had attacked her. He threatened her with a knife, stabbed it into the bedroom wall and had "thrown her around like a rag doll" during a domestic disturbance, according to the prosecutor.

Police said the woman had visible red marks on her upper chest.

On Friday, the Berkshire District Attorney's Office asked that Bailey be given a year in jail for the crimes.

Sohn told the court that the woman wrote a letter asking that Bailey not receive any more jail time -- he has been held since March -- and alleged that she had exaggerated what had happened that day. The attorney asked for time served for his client.

Bailey has been held at the Berkshire Jail & House of Corrections for 101 days on $50,000 bail bond awaiting the outcome of his case.

Judge Paul M. Vrabel gave the defendant nine months in jail and dismissed two other charges Bailey had been facing.

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