Pittsfield mom gets week in jail for giving alcohol to minors

Saturday January 12, 2013

PITTSFIELD -- A Pittsfield mother of two is serving a week in jail on a charge of providing alcohol to a minor following a Jury of Six trial in Central Berkshire District Court.

According to prosecutors, three teens, including Shelley Strizzi’s son, were drinking alcohol in her presence at her house on the night of Aug. 21, 2011.

Early the next morning, Strizzi’s then 15-year-old son took his older sister’s 2002 Jeep Liberty without permission and went joy-riding with his friends.

The teen lost control of the vehicle on Hancock Road in Pittsfield and hit a telephone pole and then a tree. One of the passengers suffered a back injury, according to a police report.

Strizzi’s son was charged with driving to endanger, unlicensed operation and a marked lanes violation.

While the case against Strizzi’s son has been dealt with, the results of the case are confidential due to the age of the defendant.

Strizzi, 42, denied any knowledge of drinking going on at her house or providing alcohol to the teens.

One of the teens testified that they had only been drinking in a bedroom, while the other said they drank Twisted Teas in front of Strizzi.

On Thursday, a jury deliberated for about 15 minutes before returning a guilty verdict.

Assistant Berkshire District Att-orney Daniel Hespeler, who prosecuted the case, asked for six months in jail for Strizzi.

Strizzi’s attorney, Mark T. Brennan, asked that his client receive a fine.

Judge Paul M. Vrabel sentenced the defendant to a week in jail.

Brennan said he felt the jail sentence was a "little harsh" for the single mother of two who works three jobs.


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