No bail for Pittsfield beating suspect with 'extensive' criminal history


PITTSFIELD — A city man with an 'extensive' criminal record has been ordered held without bail amid allegations he subjected a woman to a three-hour beating earlier this month.

Russell J. Allison, 42, was arrested Dec. 23 after being found by police unconscious behind the wheel of a running car — while possessing drugs and a bag containing items of clothing with security and price tags still attached.

Allison, who already is facing open criminal cases including allegations of assault, drug possession and motor vehicle theft, had been wanted on a warrant for allegedly ordering a woman to disrobe, punching and kicking her, whipping her with a belt and cutting her hair before ordering her to put her clothes back on and leave.

He also is scheduled for a jury trial in February against a charge of motor vehicle larceny from an incident earlier this year, according to prosecutors.

At Tuesday's dangerousness hearing, Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Kyle Christiansen argued that Allison should be held without bail, citing his 15-page Massachusetts criminal record and history of defaulting on court appearances.

"It's extensive, to say the least," Christiansen said of Allison's record.

Allison's attorney, Shannon Plumb, noted many of the charges brought against her client eventually were dismissed and that he denied the assault allegations against him.

Plumb said Allison and the victim of the alleged assault had been involved in a "tumultuous" relationship in the past and said there may be a retaliatory motive in her accusations.

Judge William Rota was not swayed and ordered Allison held without bail until April 26.

In the meantime, he is due back in court on January 12 for a pre-trial hearing and his trial on the motor vehicle larceny charge is scheduled for Feb. 15.

In addition to the larceny, Allison has pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (two counts), larceny from a person, indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or over, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute (subsequent offense), possession of a Class A drug (heroin), receiving stolen property valued over $250, and use of a motor vehicle without authority.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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