Pittsfield woman sentenced for entering 71-year-old's home, punching her


PITTSFIELD -- A city woman is serving a nine-month jail sentence after admitting she walked into a 71-year-old woman's house and punched the woman in the face.

Rachel Gagnon, 38, who is listed as homeless in court records, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to nine charges related to six different cases from July through November in Central Berkshire District Court.

Her attorney, Anthony Gianacopoulos, told the court his client suffered from a major alcohol addiction that was at the root of the crimes. He said in the two months she has been in jail awaiting the outcome of her cases, she has been receiving substance abuse services.

On Nov. 1, Gagnon entered the Orchard Street residence of a 71-year-old woman, a stranger, through the unlocked front door. When the woman told her to leave, she refused and punched the woman in the face.

Gagnon then proceeded to urinate in the woman's trash before she left, for which she was charged with disturbing the peace.

Five months earlier, in July, Gagnon exposed herself to passersby on North Street and, after her arrest, attempted to swat at police officers with her urine-soaked clothes after refusing to put on pants provided to her.

On Wednesday, Judge Paul M. Vrabel sentenced the defendant to a total of nine months at the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction in line with a joint recommendation between Gianacopoulos and the Berkshire District Attorney's Office.


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