No bail for men held in alleged attack with wooden chair

Friday September 21, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- Two men accused of beating a 28-year-old man with wooden chair legs had their right to bail revoked after they were arraigned on Thursday in Central Berkshire District Court.

District Court Judge Michael J. Ripps ordered that Richard A. Stansen, 36, and Matthew T. Bouchard, 26, be held in the Berkshire County House of Correction when he revoked their right to bail on a previous charge where they are also the co-defendants.

In March, the two men allegedly stole jewelry from a friend that they were helping to move then pawned the items. In that case, they are both charged with receiving stolen property over $250.

Ripps’ ruling means that Stansen and Bouchard will be held for up to 60 days without the right to bail. When that 60-day period expires, the pair will have to post either $500 cash bail or $5,000 surety bond in order to be released from custody.

On Thursday, Stansen and Bouchard each pleaded not guilty to assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Stansen also pleaded not guilty to a single count of possession of heroin with the intent to distribute.

According to police, Stan sen was found to be in possession of 33 grams of heroin packaged for sale when he was arrested early Thursday morning. Bouchard had a backpack that was full of jewelry, authorities said.

According to police and prosecutors, Stansen and Bouchard attacked Stansen’s roommate, Troy Sargent, with wooden chair legs at about 1 a.m. Thursday. No motive was given for the attack.

When Pittsfield Police officers arrived at the Francis Avenue residence a short time later they found Sargent bleeding from his head, face, arms and hand. Sargent was taken to Berkshire Medical Center where he was treated and released.

According to the police report, Sargent and another man were at the apartment when the two defendants came in through the back door. They attacked Sargent as he sat on a couch.

Police arrested the men a short distance from the house. Officers said they found drug paraphernalia and a small amount of what they believe to be heroin at the house, which they confiscated.

A court hearing on Stansen and Bouchard’s most recent charges will take place in November.

Attorney Anthony Giana copoulos is representing Stansen. Joshua C. Hochberg is Bouchard’s lawyer.


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