No jail time for theft at church

Thursday July 19, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- The case against a 23-year-old man, charged with the theft of metal fence posts from a Lenox Dale church, will be dismissed if he stays out of trouble for six months.

On Tuesday in Central Berkshire District Court, Kiernan Nolan, 23, of Oswald Avenue, admitted to his role in the theft of 112 metal fence posts from outside of St. Vincent De Paul's church in Lenox Dale on Aug. 18, 2011. He also admitted possessing a very small amount of heroin and a variety of tools found by the police during his arrest.

The posts were valued at $560.

Judge Paul M. Vrabel dismissed charges of larceny over $250 and possession of burglary tools and gave Nolan a continuation without a finding on the heroin possession for six months. During the probationary period, Nolan will be required to stay drug-free and will be randomly tested.

The judge offered Nolan the alternative sentence of 10 days in the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction. Nolan went with the other option.

On Tuesday, Nolan admitted to the court that if he was asked to take a drug test he would likely test positive.

Attorney Alexander Sohn represented Nolan.

Nolan's co-defendant, 28-year-old Troy E. Sargent, of Tyler Street in Pittsfield, is scheduled to take his case to trial in August at the Central District Court Jury of Six. He is facing the same charges as Nolan.

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