Pittsfield man faces longer jail term after failing to appear for sentencing


PITTSFIELD — A city man may be spending more time in jail than he expected after he failed to show up in court to begin a 30-day sentence earlier this month.

Robert H. Connor, 58, of Pomeroy Avenue, pleaded guilty on Oct. 1 in Central Berkshire District Court to 16 charges, including multiple counts of violating abuse prevention orders, several motor vehicle violations and an assault and battery charge.

All of the incidents to which Connor plead guilty took place between April and June, 2015, according to court records.

During the plea hearing, prosecutors asked before Judge Michael Ripps to consider a six-month jail sentence, but Connor received a 30-day sentence, which was allowed to be stayed until Nov. 12.

Connor failed to appear at that sentencing hearing and a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was arrested on that warrant Tuesday.

Judge William Rota agreed to hold Connor at the Berkshire Jail and House of Correction pending a Monday hearing before Ripps.

Prosecutors plan to argue a motion to have Connor's sentence revoked and reconsidered in light of his failure to appear to begin his original sentence.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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