Berkshire Superior Court: Armed robbery, assault nets man up to 9 years


PITTSFIELD -- A Pittsfield man has been sentenced to up to nine years in prison for the 2012 assault and armed robbery of a couple in their city apartment.

Steven Lesley, 19, was accused of entering the apartment with Ansel Sparrow, who was 22 at the time, and demanding money from a couple and assaulting them. No money was taken.

Lesley was allegedly in possession of a knife, while Sparrow was accused of carrying a gun and striking the victims with it. One of the victims suffered multiple lacerations to his head.

The men were both charged with possession of a gun and knife under the joint venture theory, Berkshire District Attorney spokesman Fred Lantz said. The assailants allegedly wore hooded sweatshirts tied tightly together to hide their faces.

Lesley pleaded guilty to charges of armed assault with intent to rob, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit armed robbery while masked.

He was sentenced to six to nine years in state prison by Berkshire Superior Court Judge Daniel Ford on Wednesday afternoon.

Initially, Lesley was also charged with armed home invasion, though that was dismissed. Lesley earned a credit of 471 days served toward his sentence.

Sparrow, who continues to await a trial, has been in jail since October 2012.

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