Pittsfield man gets 30 days for witness intimidation

This story has been modified to correct the identity of the victim of the intimidation.

PITTSFIELD -- A city man has been sentenced to 30 days in jail after being convicted of witness intimidation involving a vandalism case he was charged in.

Richard L. Berkeley, 44, of Union Street, already was facing charges of vandalizing a woman's property when, in February, he confronted the woman and asked if she planned to testify at his trial, according to police and prosecutors.

The woman replied that it was a possibility.

An agitated Berkeley, the woman said, announced that if she did testify, he planned to cause her considerable physical harm.

"If you have any questions about this," Berkeley reportedly said, referring to the vandalism case, "You come talk to me."

He was arrested after the victim reported the threats to police.

Berkeley was found guilty by a jury of six in Central Berkshire District Court on Monday to one count of witness intimidation. Judge Paul Vrabel sentenced him to 30 days in the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction.

This is at least Berkeley's second stint in jail. In 2007, he was sentenced to six months in jail for violation of his probation in a drunken driving case, which included leaving the scene of an accident.


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