PITTSFIELD -- A city man who allegedly shot at his brother over a $140 debt is being held without bail for 90 days as a dangerous person.
Jerome Grandson, 25, of John Street, allegedly chased down his 21-year-old brother, Malik, on the afternoon of Feb. 25 and crashed into the back of the car he was driving on Gilbert Street.
When the younger sibling drove his car at a high rate of speed -- he claimed he was driving 100 mph -- at Jerome Grandson’s sport utility vehicle in order to scare him, Malik Grandson said his brother pulled out a gun from his waist and shot at him, striking the car. A projectile was later recovered from the vehicle, police said..
The alleged confrontation was over a $140 debt, according to court documents.
Jerome Grandson has denied charges of armed assault to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building and possessing a firearm without a license.
In Central Berkshire District Court on Wednesday, Jerome Grandson’s attorney, Jessica Byrne, said Malik Grandson’s version of events "boggles the mind" since he claimed to be able to see his brother’s actions while driving at him going 100 mph and in a much lower vehicle than the SUV her client was driving.
Malik Grandson rammed the SUV, not the other way around, she said.
The attorney said police never recovered a gun.
Additionally, the complaining witness has recanted his testimony to several family members, she said. He is also likely to invoke his fifth amendment right and not testify in the case, according to Byrne.
Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Michael D’Angelo called the defendant a danger to both Malik Grandson and the community. He said the relationship between the brothers was "volatile" and that Jerome Grandson has a history of violence.
Judge Paul M. Vrabel held Jerome Grandson as a dangerous person and remanded him to the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction for up to 90 days without bail.
The defendant is scheduled to be back in court April 3, although he could end up in Superior Court if he is indicted. The case was turned over to attorney Marc C. Vincelette Sr.
Malik Grandson is himself facing several charges unrelated to this case. He was arrested last week on breaking and entering in the daytime, larceny and witness intimidation charges for allegedly breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s home, stealing items and threatening to beat her if she went to the police.
He also is facing home invasion and assault and battery charges in Berkshire Superior Court for allegedly smashing his way into a city residence with three others in May and attacking a woman. He has denied all the charges.
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