PITTSFIELD -- Four Berkshire County residents who were accused of taking part in the beating of a Pittsfield man last year have pleaded guilty to charges of trespassing, avoiding more serious assault charges.
Ian Asklipious, 20, of Pittsfield, Cassandra Moro, 21, of Lee, Felipe Rosa III, 18, of Pittsfield, and Colby Zradi, 20, of Lanesborough, pleaded guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Wednesday.
The reduced charges were made in agreement with the Berkshire District Attorney's Office to settle the case, in which two men were hospitalized after allegedly being assaulted by the group.
The incident allegedly occurred in the early morning hours of April 2013 in the woods behind a home on Gale Avenue in Pittsfield. The four allegedly were trespassing on tracks owned by CSX Railroad on Jason Street at the time of the attack.
One of the victims told police he was leaving an evening gathering outside the home when he was accused by two people of having hit them in the past. The victim told police it was a case of mistaken identity and said he was punched and knocked to the ground by Rosa.
A group of people, including the accused, then punched and kicked him, he told police. Photographs of him in the hospital showed large bruises on his face and head, bruised and swollen eyes and lacerations to his arms. A second person also was assaulted and was treated for injuries to his head and hand.
Judge Fredric Rutberg agreed to the recommended sentence by the Berkshire District Attorney's Office, and released all four on a continuation without a finding. The Berkshire District Attorney's Office requested that the assault charges be dismissed.
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