Pittsfield man sentenced to time served in one case, but remains in jail on another


PITTSFIELD -- A 20-year-old city man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to charges related to a series of vehicle break-ins in South County and was sentenced to the time he has served in jail awaiting the outcome of his case.

Solomon Jones III admitted he took part in a vehicle break-in in Lee, the theft of credit cards and their use at several county businesses in September 2011. The crime was part of a month-long spree, according to the prosecutor.

However, Jones remains in jail on $5,000 bail on a superior court case in which he allegedly stabbed and robbed a teen in Pittsfield last May. He has pleaded not guilty to those charges.

In Wednesday's proceedings, Jones pleaded to four charges: breaking and entering, larceny of a credit card, improper use of a credit card and larceny under $250.

Jones has been in jail for nearly seven months awaiting the outcome of the case, according to his attorney, Jed Hall.

Judge Fredric D. Rutberg sentenced Jones to 30 days in jail on the charges, which amounted to time served. The judge followed a joint recommendation between the Berkshire District Attorney's Office and Hall.

Jones had two related cases dismissed at the request of the DA's office.

His codefendants, Shaun Marchand, 21, and Freedom Brown, 20, both of Pittsfield, had their cases continued without a finding of guilt. Restitution in the case was made by both Marchand and Brown.


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