PITTSFIELD -- A city man was sentenced to 60 days in jail after admitting he punched his ex-girlfriend in the face.

Steven Tremble, 22, of Winesap Road, was being held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing when he instead decided to plead out to the charges.

According to police and prosecutors, Tremble attacked the 24-year-old woman outside of a Dalton residence just before 11 p.m. on June 24. The couple had recently broken up. He slapped her twice before hitting her in the face with a closed fist, knocking her to the ground. She suffered minor injuries.

Tremble then threatened to shoot the woman’s friend, according to Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Daniel Hespeler. While Tremble didn’t display a gun, he had access to handguns, said the prosecutor.

Tremble’s friend pulled him away and the two men fled the scene only to return and Tremble again made threats, according to the Dalton Police. Tremble was later arrested and charged with assault and battery, threat to commit murder and drunken driving.

On Tuesday in Central Berkshire District Court, the female victim told the court she wanted Tremble to be held accountable for his actions and said the incident left her in "turmoil."

She also said she didn’t want to be responsible for the defendant going to jail to which Judge Fredric D. Rutberg replied that it would be his decision as to what would happen to Tremble.

Tremble pleaded guilty to single counts of misdemeanor assault and battery and threat to commit murder.

His attorney, Anthony Gianacopoulos, said his client has an alcohol addiction and wants to get help. He asked for a year sentence with a week to be served and the rest of the time suspended for a year. Tremble has already spent a week in jail.

Hespeler, citing the nature of the crime and the five restraining orders against Tremble, asked that he be given an 18-month jail sentence, with one year to be served and the rest suspended for a year with conditions.

Rutberg sentenced the defendant to one year in jail with 60 days to be served. Because the sentence exceeded what the defense asked for, Tremble could have withdrawn his plea and gone to trial, but he took the sentence.

While on probation, Tremble must attend Community Corrections, wear a GPS unit, refrain from drinking alcohol or taking illegal drugs and stay away from the victims, among other conditions.

If found to be a danger to the victim or the community, Tremble could have been held for up to 90 days without bail.

He is still facing a drunken driving charge which is set for trial in October.

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