Second man in 2014 Great Barrington ambush jailed


PITTSFIELD >> A South Egremont man has pleaded guilty to his role in the August 2014 armed ambush of two men in Great Barrington.

Andrew M. Dupont, 22, is the second of three defendants in the case to have plead to his charges in Berkshire Superior Court. He was sentenced to two years in jail.

Dupont admitted that he helped ambush a pair of men under the guise of selling them marijuana.

The victims were lured to on overgrown area on Bridle Path Road where Dupont, wearing a mask and brandishing a shotgun, leapt out and demanded money.

Police said, the victims ran and one was eventually caught by Dupont and co-defendant Theodore Labonte, who forced him into their vehicle and tried to elicit money from him.

That victim was eventually kicked out of the car and later found by police walking on Seekonk Cross Road.

Police said a shotgun and mask were found at Dupont's home and the driver's license of one of the alleged victims was found in Labonte's possession.

Dupont pleaded guilty Thursday in Berkshire Superior Court to two counts each of assault by means of a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit armed assault with intent to rob and conspiracy to commit assault by means of a dangerous weapon and one count each of kidnapping while being armed with a firearm, intimidation of a witness, illegal possession of a rifle or shotgun, conspiracy to commit armed robbery while masked, and conspiracy to commit kidnapping while being armed with a firearm.

Judge John Agostini sentenced him to two years in jail, followed by two years of probation, during which time he must avoid drugs and submit to screenings and undergo counseling.

Labonte's case is still open.

A third co-defendant, Louis E. Ely Jr., pleaded guilty earlier in March to charges he helped arrange the drug deal and assisted in the planning of the subsequent robbery. He was sentenced to a year in jail.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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