Pittsfield man accused of threatening woman with a stolen handgun

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PITTSFIELD — A city man, facing up to 20 years in state prison, was ordered held in custody after a judge revoked his bail Tuesday.

Judge Michael Ripps ordered 43-year-old Russell Jack Allison held after revoking his bail on an open Superior Court case after picking up new assault and weapons charges last week.

In his new case, Allison is accused of threatening a woman with a stolen handgun, which had a loaded ammunition magazine inside when police found the weapon on him during his Oct. 4 arrest.

Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Ryan Christianson argued for the bail revocation, noting Allison's prior criminal record which included drug, larceny and assault charges and now new charges involving a firearm as well as his open case on drug possession and distribution allegations.

Christianson said Allison poses a potential flight risk, if released, due to the potential 15- to 20-year state prison sentence he faces if convicted on his new charges including committing a firearms violation with three prior violent or drug crimes.

Allison's attorney, Nathaniel Green, asked Ripps to leave in place the $2,500 bail he'd already posted in his Superior Court case, adding that, despite the number of charges on his client's record, he has an, "amazingly good record," of showing up to court when necessary.

Ripps revoked Allison's bail for 60 days and set a bail of $5,000 cash or $50,000 surety in his new case.

In addition to the charge of committing a firearms offense with three priors, Allison pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court last week to charges of carrying a loaded firearm without a license, resisting arrest and assault with a dangerous weapon.

In Berkshire Superior Court, Allison has pleaded not guilty to charges of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of heroin and possession of cocaine, all being charged as second offenses.

Allison is due back in court on Nov. 19 for a pretrial hearing. His bail revocation expires on Dec. 9.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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