Guilty plea on drug, assault charges net N. Adams man 3-year sentence
PITTSFIELD -- A North Adams man was sentenced to a minimum of three years in prison after admitting to dealing prescription pain killers and attacking a police detective with a bat.
On Thursday in Berkshire Superior Court, Francis J. Willor Jr. pleaded guilty to eight charges, including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a dangerous weapon, possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute, and conspiracy.
Willor, 39, along with his father and stepmother, were arrested in March 2011 following a two-year Berkshire County Drug Task Force investigation into Oxycontin and heroin trafficking between New York City, Holyoke and Northern Berkshire County. In November 2009, the task force executed a search warrant at the Willors’ Old State Street residence, where Oxy contin and Percocet worth close to $4,000, as well as $7,000 in cash, were found.
In March, Willor took a baseball bat and struck Drug Task Force Detective Law rence Ordyna, who was attempting to put a tracking device on Willor’s car.
Willor then chased the detective in his car, nearly running him down. Ordyna has since recovered from the attack.
According to Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Richard M. Locke, the detective never identified himself as a police officer.
Willor’s attorney, Marc C. Vincelette Sr., told the court that his client became addicted to prescription drugs and his life "spiraled out of control."
Judge Daniel A. Ford sentenced Willor to at least three and no more than 31Ž2 years in state prison in line with a joint recommendation between the prosecution and defense.
Willor was cooperative with the police, according to Locke.
Willor is already serving time at the Massachusetts Cor rectional Institution-Shirley for drug charges out of Holyoke. The new sentence will run concurrently with that sentence.
Willor’s father, Francis J. Willor Sr., 59, and stepmother, Carolyn J. Willor, 38, are also facing drug charges and are scheduled for trial this summer.
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