Pittsfield man gets jail for role in ambush, armed robbery


PITTSFIELD — A city man has been sentenced to a year in jail for his role in a 2014 ambush and armed robbery in Great Barrington.

Louis E. Ely Jr., 21, admitted on Wednesday that he helped set up the drug deal and assisted in the planning of the subsequent robbery.

On August 14, two men were lured to Bridle Path Lane about 6 p.m. under the guise of purchasing marijuana from Theodore Labonte, a co-defendant in the case, according to police.

A second co-defendant, Andrew Dupont, allegedly jumped out from behind some bushes wearing a mask and brandishing a shotgun, demanding money.

One of the victims ran off before being caught and tackled by the alleged robbers and then told them the money was in the car.

The first victim threw the keys to the second before fleeing the area.

Labonte and Dupont allegedly ordered the second victim into their car and later kicked him out after unsuccessfully trying to get the money they were seeking.

Police later found that second victim walking on Seekonk Cross Road.

Ely pleaded guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on Wednesday to one count of conspiracy to commit armed robbery while masked and two counts each of conspiracy to commit armed assault with intent to rob and conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon.

Judge John Agostini sentenced Ely to serve one year in the Berkshire Jail and House of Correction with a second year of that sentence suspended, followed by two years of probation, during which time he must avoid illegal drugs and alcohol.

A charge of conspiracy to commit kidnapping while being armed with a firearm, was dropped by the state.

Labonte and Dupont each face multiple charges including armed robbery while masked and armed kidnapping. Their cases are both still open and pending trial, according to court records.

The investigation was conducted by members of the Great Barrington Police Department.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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