Pittsfield woman who allegedly 'flipped out' over juice has case continued


PITTSFIELD -- A city woman police say knocked another woman to the ground during an argument over apple juice had her case continued for six months.

On May 9, 21-year-old Caitlyn Pierce attacked the 48-year-old mother of Pierce's boyfriend, after the woman told her to stop drinking the apple juice meant for Pierce's child, according to Pittsfield Police.

The woman said she bought the apple juice for Pierce's young daughter and had bought Hi C drink powder for the adults in the home.

She told police Pierce "flipped out" and struck her in the face and body slammed her to the ground.

Police said the woman did not appear to have any visible injuries and refused medical attention.

Pierce allegedly told police that the argument had been building up for months, that the woman constantly "nit picked" everything she did and that she "definitely" put "her hands" on the woman.

Her attorney, Jerrold F. Trehey, scheduled a motion to suppress a hearing in the case arguing that statements his client made couldn't be used at trial because the police hadn't given Pierce Miranda warnings before speaking with her. But on Friday in Central Berkshire District Court, Pierce instead pleaded out to a misdemeanor charge of assault and battery.

Pierce pleaded to facts sufficient for a finding of guilt and had her case continued without a finding of guilt for six months by Judge Matthew J. Shea. If Pierce stays out of trouble for six months the case will be dismissed. The disposition was in line with what Trehey had requested.

The Berkshire District Attorney's Office was asking for a one year continuation without a finding of guilt, probation and anger management.


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