PITTSFIELD -- A New York City man has been sentenced to up to a decade in prison after admitting to robbing two Pittsfield residents at gunpoint last year.

Jeffrey D. Mable, 37, and Sarina J. Sweeney, 23, of Pittsfield, robbed a 31-year-old woman and 36-year-old man at gunpoint as the victims exited a vehicle at the rear of their Bradford Street apartment, according to Pittsfield Police.

The two suspects were wearing all black and had their faces covered by masks and took a small amount of cash from the couple, police said.

The female victim was hit in the face with a 9 mm handgun. The robbers ran off when a neighbor pulled up in a car, police said.

Police say they tracked Mable down that morning by following his tracks in the snow from the scene with the help of a K9 unit. They also located a Taurus PT99 9 mm pistol, a knife and some cash.

Mable punched and kicked a police dog during the pursuit, according to a police report. The dog did not suffer serious injuries.

Mable, accompanied by attorney Thomas C. Doyle, was scheduled to go to trial in Berkshire Superior Court on Wednesday, but instead pleaded guilty to 12 charges, including armed and masked robbery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, five gun-related charges and willful injury of a police dog, among others.

Judge John A. Agostini ordered Mable to serve at least eight and no more than 10 years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction.

Mable was credited with 528 days he has been held in jail awaiting the outcome of his case and unable to make his $200,000 bail.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Rachael Eramo.

Sweeney has denied 10 charges and remains free on personal recognizance.

She was never arrested; instead, her case was brought by direct indictment.

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