PITTSFIELD -- A daytime assault with a knife on a city street earned a six-month jail sentence on Thursday for the man police say was responsible for May 19 attack.
Lavon S. Quicksey, 22, of Pittsfield, punched a woman twice in the face, sending her sprawling into the bushes, then raised his shirt to reveal a black-handled knife, which he pulled out before telling her: "I should cut you," according to a Pittsfield probable cause report.
The victim suffered pain and swelling to the side of her face, police said.
The incident occurred on Springside Avenue after Quicksey was confronted by the 21-year-old who accused him of cheating on her sister with the woman he was accompanying, according to prosecutors.
Quicksey was arrested a short time later. A knife matching the description given by the victim was recovered by police.
Quicksey pleaded guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Thursday to two counts of misdemeanor assault and battery and a single count of felony assault with a dangerous weapon.
Quicksey's attorney, Glenn W. Keiderling Jr., told the court that the victim had forgiven his client and that the woman didn't want him punished further.
This was reiterated in court by the victim, who said she thought the 95 days Quicksey served was enough of a punishment.
The defense attorney asked for time served for his client.
The Berkshire District Attorney's Office asked the court to sentence Quicksey to a year in jail, citing the nature of the crime and the fact that the defendant has a prior record that includes assaultive behavior and a drug offense.
Judge Paul M. Vrabel sentenced Quicksey to six months at the Berkshire Jail & House of Correction with credit for the time he has already served.
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