Pittsfield man gets 6 months in jail for theft from girlfriend and sideswiping a police officer


PITTSFIELD -- A 21-year-old has been sentenced to 6 months in jail for stealing more than $4,000 from his girlfriend and sideswiping a police officer with his motorcycle.

Malik Grandson, of Lincoln Street in Pittsfield, broke into the apartment of his then ex-girlfriend in February and stole various items, including a debit card, which he proceeded to use, draining the account of more than $4,000, according to Pittsfield Police.

When the 20-year-old woman confronted him he apologized but told her he couldn't pay her back because he had spent all the money and sold the other items. When she said she was going to call the police he threatened to beat her up, police said.

On Wednesday in Central Berkshire District Court, Grandson pleaded guilty to felony larceny over $250 and witness intimidation and to sufficient facts for a finding of guilt on felony breaking and entering in the daytime.

His attorney, Thomas M. Sherman Jr., said his client and the complaining witness were back together and that she hadn't wanted the case to go forward. There was also a factual dispute about the alleged breaking and entering, said Sherman. He asked for 30 days for two of the charges and a dismissal on the breaking and entering.

Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Kelly M. Kemp told the court that there shouldn't be any leniency because of the relationship between Grandson and the victim as opposed to a stranger-on-stranger crime. She was asking for six months in jail on the charges.

Judge Paul M. Vrabel went with the defendant's request -- 30 days in jail and a dismissal of the breaking and entering charge -- but ordered Grandson to serve a concurrent six month jail sentence on a violation of probation.

In that case, in September 2012, Grandson, who was not licensed to drive a motorcycle, "accelerated and drove directly toward" a Pittsfield police officer on a dirt bike near road construction on Fourth Street and struck the officer when he attempted to stop him, according to court documents. The officer suffered a dislocated finger and bruising to his left side. Grandson fled the scene and was found about 45 minutes later hiding in a Lake Street home, police said.

Grandson was placed on probation, but violated the terms.

The defendant is also facing Superior Court charges, including home invasion and assault and battery, for allegedly smashing his way into a city residence with three others in May and attacking a woman. He has denied those charges.

He is also the alleged victim in a February shooting incident in which he was not hurt. Police said Malik Grandson's older brother, 25-year-old Jerome Grandson, shot at the car Malik Grandson was driving over a $140 debt.

Jerome Grandson is being held without bail as a dangerous person and has denied charges of armed assault to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building and possessing a firearm without a license.

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