Pittsfield men plead not guilty to gun charges


PITTSFIELD -- Two men facing gun charges that arose from a police investigation of shots fired on Pittsfield streets remain held on bail after pleading not guilty on Monday in Berkshire Superior Court.

As detailed in a report, Pittsfield police on Aug. 19 investigated shots being fired in the area of Columbus and Circular avenues.

Police say Jerrel L. Hall, 21, and Jamar Holloway, 20, both of Pittsfield, were among a group of people seen leaving the area. After a brief foot chase, the pair was arrested on West Street.

Holloway was allegedly in possession of a Raven Arms MP-25 pistol and ammunition. Hall had a Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum revolver and ammunition, said police.

Six baggies containing about $300 worth of cocaine were found on the ground near where Hall was stopped, according to a probable cause report.

Police said they recovered two spent shell casings from Hall's gun.

No one was reported injured in connection with the shooting.

On Monday in Berkshire Superior Court, Holloway appeared with his attorney, Raymond J. Jacoub, and pleaded not guilty to charges of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition and improper storage of a firearm. He was held by Judge John A. Agostini on $2,500 cash or $25,000 surety bail. Holloway's attorney requested a bail review for next week.

Hall, represented by Joshua C. Hochberg, pleaded not guilty to the same set of charges plus a single count of possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute.

He was held on $10,000 cash or $100,000 surety bail.

Both have been held at the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction since their arrests in August. They are due back in court in December for a pretrial hearing.

The case is being prosecuted by Second Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Robert W. Kinzer III.

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