Jury finds man guilty for Great Barrington armed robbery


PITTSFIELD -- A jury found a Connecticut man guilty on Thursday in the 2012 armed robbery and stabbing of a 25-year-old Sheffield man during an alleged drug deal.

Deon Allen, 22, of Waterbury, Conn., was accused by prosecutors of having acted together with Kijuame Taftin, of both Pittsfield and Connecticut, in the assault, robbery and stabbing of the man on Depot Street in Great Barrington. The victim was allegedly assaulted and stabbed twice in the arm and once in the abdomen during the early morning hours of Sept. 14.

On Thursday, jurors in Berkshire Superior Court found Allen guilty of armed robbery, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and intimidation of a witness.

Allen was remanded back to Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction by Judge Daniel Ford pending his sentencing, scheduled for Jan. 21.

Allen had been held at the Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction on $2,500 bail since his arrest in October 2012, awaiting trial.

Taftin, who has been free on $5,000 bail, is scheduled to face trial later this month.

The investigation was conducted by the Great Barrington Police Department, Massachusetts State Police Berkshire Narcotics Unit, Pittsfield Police Department Narcotics Unit, and the Waterbury Police Department Detectives Unit.

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