New York man fined for threatening pair on his Sandisfield land


GREAT BARRINGTON — A New York who threatened to shoot two local men for littering and trespassing on his Sandisfield property has been fined and his case was continued without finding.

David Gerrity, 53, of Bronxville, submitted to sufficient facts for guilty pleas to one count each of assault with a dangerous weapon and threatening to commit a crime. He was fined a total of $615 and the case was continued without a finding until March 16, 2017.

Two local men were each driving their Jeeps on back roads in Sandisfield on Aug. 30, 2015, when they came upon a "No Trespassing" sign on Roberts Road.

The two men claimed they were attempting to turn their vehicles round when Gerrity emerged from a nearby wooded area, dressed in camouflage and toting a rifle. He also had a holstered pistol.

He pointed the rifle at them, saying, "Don't you f----ng move!"

Gerrity ordered the men out of their vehicles and said he was "sick and tired" of Jeeps driving on his land and littering.

He told the men that he planned to shoot them and bury them and their Jeeps so no one would find them, one of the men told police.

After "some negotiation," which included the two victims pleading for their lives, the men persuaded Gerrity to let them go. He ordered them to turn over their licenses, as he planned to turn them over to police.

He did this a few days later, explaining that the two men voluntarily gave him their licenses. The victims also reported the incident to state police. In addition, they led police to the site of the confrontation and picked Gerrity out of photo lineup.

State police contacted police in Bronxville and learned that Gerrity owned property in Sandisfield and also possessed a rifle and pistol. Although Gerrity did not have a license for the weapons in Massachusetts, he was legally entitled to own the guns in New York.

He was arrested and arraigned on June 8, 2015.

The commonwealth reserved the right to prosecute Gerrity on additional counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and threatening to commit a crime and two counts each of kidnapping, armed robbery and possession of firearms without license until March 16, 2017.

Contact Derek Gentile at 413-496-6251.


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