18-year-old receives probation for role in teen's beating


PITTSFIELD -- A city man was sentenced to a year of probation on Tuesday in Central Berkshire District Court for his role in a group beating of a 15-year-old in Clapp Park last September.

Jacob Ferry, 18, of Robbins Avenue, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and battery and pleaded to sufficient facts for a finding of guilt on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. That charge, a felony, was continued without a finding of guilt for a year by Judge Paul M. Vrabel.

According to a police report, a 15-year-old teen went to Clapp Park on Sept. 13 for a prearranged fight with another juvenile. But when he arrived, 10 other people were there, with Ferry among them. After the two juveniles began to fight, all jumped in and began "punching, kicking and stomping" on the 15-year-old. The teen, "fearing for his life," crawled into the Housatonic River, swam to the other side and ran to a nearby Lipton Mart, where he called police.

When officers arrived, they found the beating victim "in pain" and soaking wet. He was taken to Berkshire Medical Center for treatment and later released. The report states that the teen suffered minor injuries.

Ferry's change of plea was part of a deal between the Berkshire District Attorney's Office and Ferry's attorney, Thomas J. Donohue Jr. The judge offered Ferry the option of serving 14 days in jail instead of serving probation, but the teen turned him down. If he violates probation, he can be sentenced to a maximum of 2 1/2 years in jail.

It was unclear whether anyone else was charged in the fight.


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