Probation for man who threatened employer

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Tuesday June 12, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A man was sentenced to six months probation for threatening his boss who sacked him for being late to work.

In Central Berkshire District Court, Glenn R. Corley, 37, of Bradford Street, was also ordered to stay away from his ex-employer's business, Sampco, a marketing company for the building materials industry.

On Nov. 23, Corley called work and spoke to his boss, Arthur Murphy, at 8 a.m., the hour at which he was supposed to arrive, to say he just woke up and would be late, according to a police report.

"Should I bother coming to work?" he allegedly asked his boss.

Murphy said he would talk to management about it.

According to what Murphy later told police, Corley had been rehired after being fired for attendance issues.

Corley showed up to work about 9:45 a.m. and was handed his paycheck and a termination notice by Murphy.

"I should knock you on your [expletive]," Corley allegedly told his boss. Corley then reached into his pocket, pulled out a .22-caliber bullet, handed it to Murphy and said he'd be back for it later.

"I believed he meant he would come back with a gun," Murphy later told police.

According to court documents, Pittsfield Police were initially unable to contact Corley, but eventually reached him by phone and asked him to come speak to them about the incident. He never showed and was picked up on a warrant in April.

On Tuesday, Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Mary-Elizabeth Mack asked that Corley be given a one-year jail sentence with 90 days to be served direct.

Corley's attorney, David C. Caffarelli, said his client acted out of frustration and admitted it was "foolish." He asked Corley receive a continuation without a finding for a year and attend anger management classes.

Corley pleaded guilty to a single count of possessing ammunition without a firearms identification card. A charge of threatening to commit assault and battery was dismissed.

Judge Paul Vrabel sentenced Corley to six months probation and ordered that he stay away from the business located on Downing Parkway in Pittsfield.


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