Six months in jail for shotgun threat

Friday September 7, 2012

GREAT BARRINGTON -- A 54-year-old Montgomery Road man who threatened his roommate with a shotgun and fired a slug into the ceiling was sentenced to six months in jail on Thursday.

James K. Norris pleaded guilty in Southern Berkshire District Court to one count of assault with a dangerous weapon, one count of assault and battery, and one count of possessing a firearm without a firearm ID card.

The sentence was agreed upon by Norris and the Berkshire District Attorney’s office prior to the trial.

According to a police report, Norris’ now former roommate, James Parrish, said Norris was intoxicated and angry about a past living arrangement.

After an initial altercation, Parrish said he was making dinner when Norris pushed a 12-gauge shotgun into his temple.

Parrish said he didn’t think the gun was loaded and pushed the barrel away.

The gun, however, was loaded, and went off, blowing a hole through the ceiling.

Parrish moved out the day after the altercation.

For his part, Norris initially told investigators he pulled the gun on his roommate and fired a round into the ceiling, but denied pointing it at Parrish’s head.

Norris said Parrish was the instigator and he only intended to scare his roommate.

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