Lee man indicted in kidnapping, torture of man over stolen marijuana

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PITTSFIELD — A second man accused of taking part in the kidnapping and torture of a man over stolen marijuana has been indicted by a grand jury.

Matthew Rivera, 22, of Lee, was arraigned in Berkshire Superior Court on Wednesday on nine counts related to the alleged Jan. 26 assaults.

On March 29, Emanuel A. Diaz, 23, was indicted and arraigned on similar charges in connection with the same incident.

According to affidavits in the case obtained by The Eagle, Diaz and Rivera were involved in a plot to ambush a pair of men and took one to a Pittsfield basement and beat and tortured him until he revealed where he had stashed marijuana he'd stolen.

Three others; Jay Strezynski, 25, Dashaan Golden, 22, and Kamara Pellot, 24, have been arraigned in District Court on multiple charges related to the accusations, but have not yet had their cases transferred into Superior Court.

Rivera pleaded not guilty to two counts each of armed assault with intent to rob, assault by means of a dangerous weapon and assault and battery and one count each of kidnapping, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and intimidation of a witness.

Judge Daniel Ford released Rivera on his own recognizance on the condition he have no contact with the alleged victims.

The investigation was conducted by members of the Lee Police Department and state police detectives assigned to the District Attorney's Office.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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