North Adams man gets 2 1/2 years for stabbing after botched drug deal


PITTSFIELD — A North Adams man who stabbed a man in the stomach after a botched drug deal last year has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in jail.

Keith Larrabee, 20, admitted to stabbing a now-34-year-old man in the stomach with a pocket knife in April 2015.

The victim had confronted Larrabee after being told by his girlfriend's teenage son that a group of men, including Larrabee, had stolen a hat and necklace from him.

When the victim went to get the items back, he spotted Larrabee running through a backyard and gave chase.

Larrabee admitted to stabbing the man with a 4-inch blade when he'd caught up to him, leaving an approximately 1-inch stab wound.

The victim did not suffer any internal injuries and was treated and released from Berkshire Medical Center, according to Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Joseph Yorlano.

Another person involved in the case, who allegedly helped Larrabee dispose of the knife, told police it was a marijuana deal gone badly that led to the attack and said, "Keith cut somebody like an idiot."

Larrabee, who had been held on $50,000 bail, pleaded guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on Tuesday to a lone count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Judge John Agostini adopted the agreed-upon sentencing recommendation between Yorlano and Larrabee's attorney, Edmund St. John III.

Larrabee will serve his sentence at the Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction and was given 404 days of credit for time already served.

The investigation was conducted by members of the North Adams Police Department.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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