PITTSFIELD -- A Pittsfield man was sentenced to up to four years in state prison on Wednesday after admitting a role in the May 2012 assault and robbery of a teenage bicyclist.
Solomon Jones III, 20, and another man, Walter "Duke" Gadson Jr., 18, also of Pittsfield, emerged from a Dodge Nitro and attacked the teen as he rode his bike on Livingston Avenue shortly after midnight on May 7, 2012. The victim, who was 17, was struck in the head with a gun, punched, slammed to the ground and stabbed in the leg, according to police reports.
They stole $5 from the teen, and took his cellphone and keys.
The victim was stabbed in the leg and suffered a broken elbow in the attack, according to a police report. He was hospitalized for a time at Berkshire Medical Center.
The men were charged in Superior Court in summer 2012 with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and armed robbery.
Gadson pleaded guilty in May and received a five- to six-year term at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction.
On Wednesday, Jones pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three to four years at Cedar Junction. Judge John Agostini allowed 528 days credit for time served while awaiting trial.
While awaiting trial in the assault case, Jones pleaded guilty in December to charges related to a series of vehicle break-ins in South County in 2011 and was sentenced to time served in jail awaiting the outcome of his case.
Jones admitted he took part in a vehicle break-in in Lee, the theft of credit cards and their use at several county businesses in September 2011. The crime was part of a month-long spree, according to the prosecution.
Judge Fredric D. Rutberg sentenced Jones to 30 days in jail on those charges, which amounted to time served.