North Adams man gets 5 months for shooting out his window

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NORTH ADAMS — A city man has been sentenced to 5 months in jail for shooting a rifle out of his second-floor window and into a neighbor's yard.

Michael Robinson, 20, admitted to shooting the gun out of window, but said he was only shooting at a wooden sign that was lying on the ground of his neighbor's yard.

Neighbors heard loud popping noises and one woman, standing in her backyard at the time, reported seeing the barrel of a rifle sticking out the window of a Frederick Street home on the evening of March 22.

Based on the witness account, police tracked down the source of the gunfire to Robinson, according to a probable cause statement written by North Adams Police Officer Erik Thomas.

Police noted that in such a densely populated area it is not possible to legally discharge a firearm, which requires a 500 foot buffer zone from any dwelling.

When confronted by police, Robinson initially denied shooting or owning a gun. He then changed his story to say that his friend had a BB gun at the house, but had left with it, according to Thomas' report.

While searching Robinson's bedroom, officers allegedly spotted a .22 caliber rifle in plain sight, lying atop a pile of laundry and unsecured. Spent shell were found across the bedroom and a bag of ammunition was spotted on the nightstand, according to the police report.

Robinson was not licensed to own a firearm or possess ammunition, according to police.

He admitted to sufficient facts in Northern Berkshire District Court on Wednesday and was found guilty of possession of a firearm without a firearm identification (FID) card, possession of ammunition without an FID card, improper storage of a firearm, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling. He was sentenced to 150 days in jail with 43 days of credit for time already served while awaiting disposition.

In a separate case, Robinson admitted to sufficient facts on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon that was continued without a finding until Sept. 30. He was fined $90.

Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376.


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