NORTH ADAMS -- A spree of destruction with a baseball bat has landed a city man in jail for a year.

According to police, Christopher Jelley, 25, of Mohawk Forest Boulevard, swung a bat and damaged the inside of a Crossey Place home when its occupants tried to separate him from a man he wanted to fight outside. He was soon tracked down and arrested near Brown Street with the help of Adams Police Officer Curtis Crane and K-9 Kumar shortly after midnight on June 19.

Jelley and his attorney, Dean Manuel, reached a deal on Friday with prosecutors in Northern Berkshire District Court, for a six-month jail sentence and to enter guilty findings on charges of malicious destruction of property over $250 and disturbing the peace.

Judge Fredric D. Rutberg sentenced Jelley to a full year in Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction, with 30 days of credit for time already served.

When occupants of the home resisted Jelley’s attempts to fight a man outside, Jelley punctured walls and broke picture frames with a baseball bat, according to a criminal complaint filed by North Adams Police Officer Christopher Gelinas.

Jelley was also accused of striking a bystander with the bat, which he’s denied. A charge of assault with a dangerous weapon was later dismissed upon the request of the commonwealth.

Jelley told officers during his booking that he had the bat because the person he was trying to fight had attacked him with a machete, according to Gelinas’ report.


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