Stabbing nets Pittsfield man year in jail

Friday September 14, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A city man who recently pleaded guilty to stabbing an acquaintance in the chest is serving a year in jail for the crime.

David Moody said he was so drunk he didn’t recall stabbing 20-year-old Frankie Underhill on a city street in April but pleaded to the charge of aggravated assault and battery because of the evidence against him.

On Tuesday in Central Berkshire District Court, Judge Mark D. Mason told Moody he was glad that the defendant was taking responsibility for his actions.

Moody’s attorney, Glynis Mac Veety, said that her client recalled being on the ground with Underhill on top of him "taking a pretty severe beating" from Underhill. But, she said, Moody did not recall stabbing Underhill.

The judge sentenced Moody to a year at the Berkshire Jail & House of Correction.

According to a Pittsfield Police report, just before 2 a.m. on April 26, Underhill and his girlfriend were walking on Second Street when Moody, who was walking the other direction in the middle of the road, went up to Underhill and punched him. During an ensuing fight, Moody pulled a knife and swung it at Underhill’s face. Underhill ducked the swing but was stabbed once in the chest.

The victim was treated for his wounds at Berkshire Medical Center and later released. Underhill did not speak at the sentencing.

On Tuesday, Moody also pleaded guilty to an assault and battery on his girlfriend and resisting arrest and disorderly conduct in a third case. His attorney said Moody had been trying to prevent his girlfriend, who allegedly should not have been driving at the time, from trying to drive in the former case, and was upset at the police for interrogating his sister in the latter one.

Moody received six months for the other two cases to be served at the same time as the stabbing sentence.


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