Pittsfield teen gets 2-1/2 year jail sentence for firing pistol at a group in October

Saturday April 20, 2013

PITTSFIELD -- An 18-year-old is serving a nine-month jail sentence after admitting to firing a pistol at a group of people on John Street last October. Two of his codefendants also had their cases disposed of this week.

Tyler Sumner, aka Tyler Chadwell, 18, of Pittsfield, pleaded guilty to three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon on Tuesday and had a single count of vandalizing property dismissed at a Central Berkshire District Court Jury of Six session before Judge Fredric D. Rutberg. He was given a 21Ž2 year jail sentence with nine months to be served and the rest suspended for two years during which time he will be on probation.

The judge’s sentence was in line with the joint recommendation between Sumner’s attorney, Marc C. Vincelette Sr., and the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office.

His codefendant, Nathaniel Marks-man, 21, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was given a continuation without a finding of guilt on a single count of assault and received a year’s probation. His other charges were dismissed. He was represented by attorney Robert D. Sullivan Jr.

A third defendant, Christopher Grant, 17, of Pittsfield, had his case dismissed at the request of the DA’s Office. His lawyer was David C. Cafarelli.

According to police and prosecutors, on Oct. 31, 2012, at about 3:30 p.m., Sumner shot eight times toward an unnamed victim and two other people standing near a John Street residence. While no one was hit, the window of a 2006 Jeep Liberty was shot out.

Witnesses told police that Marksman handed Sumner something just before the shooting, but they weren’t certain whether it was a gun or bullets.

The men had had words with the alleged victim earlier in the day and had had ongoing issues with him and his family, said police.

The gun was never recovered.

It’s unclear what became of the criminal cases against a juvenile who police alleged was also involved in the shooting. No information about his case is publicly available.

According to the Pittsfield Police, all of the men are members of the Crips 8TE3 street gang.


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