Admission in razor assault for New York man

Saturday March 2, 2013

PITTSFIELD -- A New York man involved in a June 2011 attack that ended with his then-girlfriend slicing a woman with a razor pleaded guilty to two counts of assault and battery and was given two years of probation and time served.

Ronald Melvin King, 52, of Ballston Spa, N.Y., appeared in Berkshire Superior Court on Wednesday before Judge John A. Agostini and admitted to attacking a 24-year-old man and his 23-year-old then-girlfriend in the parking lot of the woman’s Dalton Avenue apartment on June 7, 2011.

King and another man only identified as "Daryl" attacked the man and when the woman attempted to intervene turned on her, knocking her to the ground.

It was at this point that Jeanette R. Brown "came out of nowhere and attacked" the female victim with a straight razor, according Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Marianne Shelvey.

The prosecutor said King, who was in a dating relationship with Brown at the time, was "unaware" that Brown had a razor or intended to use it.

Brown, 36, of Ballston Spa, N.Y., is currently serving a five- to seven-year prison sentence for slashing the victim in the back, neck, leg and shoulder.

On Wednesday, King was sentenced to 104 days in jail -- the amount of time he had already spent incarcerated awaiting the outcome of the case -- and two years of probation, during which time he must remain drug free and will be randomly drug tested.

The plea came under a joint recommendation by King’s lawyer, Anthony Gianacopoulos, and the DA’s office.

The third suspect remains at large.


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