PITTSFIELD -- A city man police said was caught with a stolen pistol after a November traffic stop denied illegal gun charges on Thursday and remains in jail.
Kevin Reale, 20, of Maplewood Avenue, was a passenger in a Dodge Stratus that police pulled over for being uninsured on Nov. 26, according to Pittsfield Police. Reale was pulling items out of his pockets, including a bag of marijuana, and was removed from the car for ignoring the officer’s request for him to stop and for acting "nervous," according to a police report.
Once outside the car, police allegedly found a loaded Smith & Wesson Shield handgun tucked into the waistband of his pants. The gun was reported stolen in October, police said.
He pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Thursday to charges of illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of a loaded firearm, receiving stolen property valued at more than $250, and illegal possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card.
Judge Daniel A. Ford set Reale’s bail at $2,500 cash or $25,000 surety bail, but he was not released because he is still serving a 90 day jail sentence on a probation violation.
He was sentenced in September in Superior Court 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.
In December, he admitted violating his probation by picking up the new charges and was sentenced to 90 days in jail.
He is scheduled to be back in court March 6 for a pretrial hearing in the newest case.
Reale is represented by attorney Joshua C. Hochberg. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Richard M. Locke.
According to the DA’s office, Reale also has a drug conviction out of Connecticut on a felony narcotics possession charge from 2011.
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