Pittsfield man gets year in jail for assault on pizzeria workers


PITTSFIELD -- A city man is serving a year in jail for assaulting three Turkish-born pizzeria workers in September.

Aaron Shaw, 20, of Atlantic Avenue, is serving a year-long sentence on three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon at the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction.

According to police and prosecutors, on the night of Sept. 8, Shaw smashed the window of an Elm Street business before walking into the adjacent Paparazzi Friendly Pizza and threatening three Turkish immigrants who were working there.

Police said Shaw yelled: "I'm American, I'll kill you. You are an immigrant, I want to cut your eyes [out]. My father was a Marine," and made a slashing motion under his throat while waving a knife.

He was arrested at gunpoint by the Pittsfield Police as he left the pizzeria.

At a September hearing, Shaw's attorney said his client had been so intoxicated that night that he had no memory of the incident and deeply regretted what happened.

The case was originally scheduled to be in court this week, but was brought forward last month for a plea at the request of the defendant.

On Nov. 7, Shaw pleaded guilty in a Jury of Six session of Central Berkshire District Court before Judge Michael E. Mulcahy to three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon.

Seven other charges, including three counts of violating the Massachusetts Civil Rights Act, were dismissed at the request of the Probation Department, according to court documents.

The judge also recommended Shaw for an in-jail drug and alcohol rehabilitation program.


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