Return trip to prison for Pittsfield man

Wednesday July 4, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A man who served prison time for the robbery and beating of an elderly man in 2008 is going back to prison after pleading guilty to drug and gun charges.

Tuesday in Berkshire Superior Court, J.T.N. Holley, 24, of Pittsfield, admitted to possession of heroin, cocaine and a loaded pistol when he was stopped by Pittsfield Police last October on Col umbus Avenue.

Holley pleaded guilty to five charges, including possession of cocaine and heroin with the intent to distribute and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony. He was sentenced to at least four years and no more than five in prison. The sentence was a joint recommendation between the Berk shire District Attorney's Office and Holley's attorney, Michelle Mechta.

One count of possession of a firearm with a prior conviction for a violent crime was dismissed at the request of the DA's office.

According to Second Assistant District Attorney Robert W. Kinzer III, Holley had nearly $2,000 worth of cocaine and heroin when he was pulled over on Oct. 15, 2011, for his alleged involvement in an unrelated incident.

Police say they found a bag near Holley's feet containing 12 grams of cocaine, a scale, and plastic sandwich bags. They also found 27 individually wrapped bags of heroin and a loaded .25-caliber, semi-automatic pistol. Holley told police the drugs were for his personal use.

Holley has been held on $100,000 surety bail since his arrest last year. He will be serving his sentence at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction, the same prison where he served his previous stint.

In February 2009, Holley was sentenced to prison for the robbery and assault of a 68-year-old man on a street in Pittsfield. Police said Holley and several other men attacked the man outside a city bar on July 3, 2008, and took $45 from the man's pocket while he was lying on the ground.


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