4-month sentence in assault case

Friday May 25, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A Ken tucky man who admitted on Thursday to beating up his girlfriend and her mother last month was sentenced to four months in jail following a hearing in Central Berkshire District Court.

Kendy Laurent, 20, of Louisville, Ky., pleaded guilty to two counts of assault and battery before Judge Rita S. Koenigs for the April 24 attack on Tina Barnes and her daughter Kathleen Duclos in the Pittsfield home they shared.

According to a police report, Laurent attacked Barnes after she confronted him about abusing her daughter. Laurent began "choking her and banging her head off the wall" and at one point had her bent over a chair. When Duclos tried to stop him, Laurent turned on Duclos and began "swinging wildly" on her.

On Wednesday, defense attorney William B. Barry told the court that his client was "extremely remorseful" about what happened.

Barry asked that Laurent, who plans to return to Kentucky, be given time served.

Laurent has been in jail on $10,000 surety bail since his arraignment on April 25.

The Berkshire District Attorney's Office asked for a split sentence, with Laurent getting time served, with 11 months of jail time hanging over his head while he serves a year probation and takes counseling, among other conditions.

Barnes told the court that she had not fully recovered from what happened that day and believed that Laurent would be a danger to her and her family if released. She asked that he serve longer than the month he has been jailed.

The judge gave Laurent four months in jail. If Laurent remains in Massachusetts after his release he must go into counseling, the judge said.

Laurent is originally from Haiti and could be deported for his conviction.

A restraining order was also filed in the case requiring Laurent stay away from Duclos and the family home.


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