Great Barrington man gets year for home thefts


GREAT BARRINGTON -- A Great Barrington man will spend a year in jail after pleading guilty to a multitude of charges primarily related to larceny in four different cases.

James Morrison, 22, allegedly stole cash and other items from a former girlfriend and an employee between July and November 2013.

Several of those guilty pleas are a result of multiple break-ins into a single Housatonic home, which Morrison had been contracted to paint and fix while a couple went on vacation from late July through early August, according to court documents.

Morrison is accused of stealing $1,225 in cash, cameras, a digital media player, jewelry, and other material from the home that he would go on to pawn, according to documents. The homeowner's relatives tasked with taking care of flowers at the house say they saw him inside of the home on multiple occasions, and they also say he removed money from purses they left laying around the house.

Morrison would avoid jail time on personal recognizance, but he'd go on to commit three other crimes before the end of the year.

On Nov. 4, Morrison made unauthorized cash withdrawals with his former girlfriend's debit card totaling $106. In her testimony, the girlfriend said she knew Morrison had a history of drug addition, but he'd promise to pay her back after he was confronted; she didn't file charges until Dec. 10.

On Nov. 10, Morrison also stole $100 that was to be used by his girlfriend for diapers and other material for their infant baby, according to court documents.

On Nov. 11, Morrison was charged with trying to sell a .38 caliber revolver to police without a license, according to court documents.

Following each case, Morrison posted bail until a judge revoked bail in Jan. 27 and he was sentenced to the Berkshire House of Corrections, according to court documents.

Morrison pleaded guilty in Southern Berkshire District Court on Thursday to 14 counts, including five larceny charges, four breaking and entering charges, destruction of property and witness intimidation.

In addition to the year in jail, he will have to pay $4,423 in restitution to those he stole from and he will be on probation through Feb. 16, 2017.

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