PITTSFIELD -- A city man has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for violating his probation by picking up illegal gun charges.
Kevin Reale, 20, of Maplewood Avenue, was sentenced in September to a one year continuation without a finding of guilt on a charge of possession of heroin with the intent to distribute. The charge stemmed from an arrest in February by Pittsfield Police.
The case would have been dismissed if Reale had stayed out of trouble, but on Nov. 26, he was arrested by the Pittsfield Police after they pulled over a Dodge Stratus for being uninsured. Reale was a passenger in the car.
During the stop he allegedly began pulling items out of his pockets, including a bag of marijuana, and ignored an officer’s request to stop digging in his pockets. He was taken out of the vehicle and frisked. Police said they located a Smith & Wesson Shield handgun loaded with hollow-point bullets tucked into the waistband of his pants. The gun was reported stolen in October, police said.
In that case Reale denied two felony gun charges: carrying a loaded firearm without a license and a firearms violation with a prior drug offense, as well as felony receiving stolen property valued over $250 and misdemeanor possession of ammunition without a firearms identification card. The case is pending.
Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Richard M. Locke said that case would be heading to the Superior Court soon.
Reale on Wednesday admitted he violated his probation and was sentenced by Judge John A. Agostini to 90 days at the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction.
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