PITTSFIELD -- A city man found with a loaded and stolen gun in his car in September has been sentenced to 18 months in jail.
On Monday in a Jury of Six session of Central Berkshire District Court, Patrick Scoco, 48, of Pittsfield, pleaded guilty to six charges, including carrying a firearm without a license.
According to police, Scoco was stopped on Center Street for a headlight violation the evening of Sept. 13 and was arrested for driving with a suspended license. During an inventory search of the car, police found a Walther P22 semiautomatic handgun with eight rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber, as well as a box of ammunition. The gun was in arm’s length of the driver’s seat, police said.
According to a police report, Scoco later told police he was planning on doing some target practice with the gun.
The gun was stolen along with two others during a break-in on Tamarack Road in Pittsfield in May 2012. In that incident, the perpetrators used the homeowner’s own power tools to break into a safe and made off with the handguns and $10,000 in coins of various denominations. It was unclear by press time whether any arrests have been made in connection with the break-in.
Scoco was not charged in connection with the break-in but did plead guilty to possession of stolen property valued at more than $250. He also pleaded guilty to two firearms related charges and driving with a suspended license.
The defendant additionally pleaded guilty to two charges related to the theft of $3,000 from an acquaintance that took place a month after his first arrest.
In October, while out on $500 bail for the first case, Scoco was found by police sprawled in a front yard of a residence on Evelyn Park. He had seven bags of heroin and a syringe on him at the time, said Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Daniel Hespeler.
While at the police station, Scoco admitted to police he stole $3,000 from a 44-year-old woman’s house, said the prosecutor.
The defendant’s attorney, Thomas C. Doyle, said that his client has no recollection of taking the money since he was blacked out on drugs at the time, but agreed to plead guilty because a jury could find he had committed the crime bases on the facts.
Scoco pleaded guilty to larceny over $250 and illegal possession of heroin in that case.
Judge Thomas H. Estes sentenced Scoco to a to a total of 18 months at the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction.
The judge agreed to stay the execution of the sentence until Sept. 22.
During this time, Scoco must stay off drugs and alcohol with random screens and attend Narcotics Anonymous meetings.
Doyle had asked for the time so Scoco can care for his sick mother, continue with drug treatment, and set aside some money from working before beginning his sentence.
Another man, 42-year-old James Tarjick Jr., of Becket, who police alleged gave the gun to Scoco, had his charges dismissed in January at the request of the DA’s Office.
Tarjick had denied any involvement in the crime.
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