Monterey man gets prison time for sending anti-semitic letters to woman he assaulted
PITTSFIELD -- A Monterey man who is already in prison was sentenced to another four to six years behind bars on Thursday after admitting that he sent anti-semitic hate mail to the woman he assaulted and her sister.
Gerald V. Field, 45, anonymously sent the letters to the women between August 2011 and January 2012 -- dates that overlap with his original trial. He was convicted in January 2012 of beating and threatening a woman who he briefly dated.
Berkshire Superior Court Judge John A. Agostini called Field's behavior "vile" and "obnoxious" before sentencing him to the additional prison time.
Charges were filed last July after DNA evidence on the letters linked them to Field, according to the Berkshire District Attorney's Office.
Field was moments away from jury selection for his trial on the witness intimidation charges on Thursday when he decided to plead guilty.
The letters contained photocopied images, drawings and words including: "praise Auschwitz," referring to the Nazi concentration camp in German-occupied Poland during World War II; a photocopied image of Heinrich Himmler, the Nazi leader who oversaw the Holocaust; drawings of swastikas and Neo-Nazi references. The letters threatened the women's safety and stated that they were being watched.
Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Mary-Elizabeth Mack said the letters also include a reference to the "Brotherhood of Wotan." Wotan is often referred to in the context of the "Temple of Wotan," and relates to an organization of people who embrace Aryan heritage, culture and pagan gods. Mack said Field was a member of this group.
The recipients, both Berkshire residents, said they were still deeply frightened and shocked by the letters and asked the court to sentence Field to the maximum time.
During Field's trial in January 2012, the victim alleged that Field held her captive for six days in June 2010 and repeatedly raped and beat her during that time. The defense, at the time, successfully argued that the woman was not held against her will.
Field was sentenced on Jan. 10, 2012, to at least five and no more than seven years in state prison after being convicted at trial for beating and threatening to kill the woman. He was found not guilty on rape and kidnapping charges.
His attorney, Thomas J. Donohue Jr., asked that Field be sentenced to a concurrent sentence with the one he was already serving.
Mack asked for a four- to six-year prison sentence on and after the original sentence, citing Field's long record that went back to the 1980s and included assaultive behavior and 10 prior restraining orders.
Agostini said the prosecutor's request was appropriate in part because of Field's "extensive and violent" record. The judge said that he took witness intimidation cases very seriously since the crime affected the ability of the court to perform its duties.
Field showed no emotion when he was sentenced, and calmly shook hands with his attorney before being led away by court security. The two victims hugged each other and the prosecutor after the sentencing.
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