Pittsfield man gets 6 months for role in shooting of teens


PITTSFIELD -- A city man has been sentenced to serve six months in jail for his role in a 2013 shooting that injured two teenagers.

Vincent C. Jennings, 24, admitted to being involved in the incident at 4 a.m. June 16, 2013, in the First Street Common in which two juvenile males, now 16 and 18, were shot.

No other arrests had been made in connection with the shootings.

One of the teens suffered a shattered pelvis and internal injuries. The other young man was shot in the leg. They were treated at Berkshire Medical Center for their injuries and were later released.

Jennings was one of a group of eight people wearing black hooded sweatshirts who were hanging out at the park just prior to the shooting, according to police and prosecutors.

A witness told police that although it was dark, they recognized Jennings when his face was lit up by a muzzle flash from his pistol.

Police said they recovered shell casings from the scene.

Jennings pleaded guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on Thursday to two counts of aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Judge John Agostini ordered Jennings to serve six months of a two-year sentence in the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction. Jennings was also placed on two years' probation on the condition he have no contact with the victims and stay at least 100 yards from their homes.

Two counts or armed assault with intent to murder and one count each of illegal possession of a firearm and of discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building were dismissed at the request of the commonwealth.


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