Gun-toter starts sentence

Friday October 5, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A man caught in Lanesborough with carrying two pistols without a license and 20 pounds of stolen change has begun serving a two-year jail sentence.

On Tuesday in Central Berkshire District Court, William J. Morrison, 28, of Pittsfield, pleaded guilty to two counts of carrying a firearm without a gun license and a single count of receiving stolen property.

According to a Lanesborough Police report, Morrison ditched a camouflage bag he was carrying while fleeing a police officer on North Main Street in October 2010. The bag contained a revolver, a semi-automatic pistol, more than $200 in change and an Xbox video game console. Police said the items were stolen from a house in Cheshire.

Morrison also pleaded guilty in two other cases: breaking and entering and attempted breaking and entering. Both crimes occurred in Pittsfield in 2012.

On Tuesday, Judge Paul M. Vrabel sentenced Morrison to two years at the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction.

He has already served 142 days awaiting the outcome of his case.

Morrison is still facing a marijuana distribution charge that is scheduled to go to trial in February.

Morrison is being represented by Anthony Gianacopoulos.


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