Plea deal possibility in sandwich shop robbery
PITTSFIELD -- Two Pittsfield men police say robbed a local sandwich shop last November have had their case scheduled to go to trial in Berkshire Superior Court in January, but defense attorneys say a plea may be in the works.
On Thursday, attorneys for Ryan G. Yon, 24, and Matthew C. Demastrie, 26, told the court that they are in negotiations with the Berkshire District Attorney's Office to try and resolve the case before trial, which has been tentatively scheduled for January.
Meanwhile, Second Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Robert W. Kinzer III asked for and received permission to take get DNA samples from Yon and Demastrie. He said the testing would be "fast tracked" in preparation for the upcoming trial. Attorney Jill Sheldon, representing Demastrie, and Yon's attorney, Marc C. Vincelette Sr., agreed to the request but asked that an independent forensics expert of their choosing be present for the testing.
Police say Demastrie and Yon robbed Angelina's Submarine Shop on Wahconah Street on Nov. 1, 2011.
The two men allegedly walked into the shop at about 9:45 p.m. wearing masks over the lower part of their faces, brandished what employees believed was a handgun, but may have been a BB pistol, and made off with a sum of cash.
Both defendants are back in the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction after previously making bail. Both also have pending district court cases.
Yon is facing possession of heroin stemming from a July arrest by the Pittsfield Police. After being released on his own recognizance following his arraignment in Berkshire District Court on the charge, he failed to show up for court and was picked up on a warrant last week. He is being held without bail for 60 days.
Demastrie is facing a single count of possession of stolen property worth more than $250 for allegedly trying to sell more than 50 medallions honoring veterans from various branches of the military. Some of the plaques dated as far back as 1918.
In July, Demastrie had his bail upped from $5,000 to $50,000 and he was returned to jail.
Both men have denied all charges.
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