Threat to kill mother earns Pittsfield man more time in jail


PITTSFIELD -- For threatening to kill his 80-year-old mother, a city man will spend six months on top of the year and a half sentence he’s been ordered to serve on gun charges.

On Tuesday morning, an intoxicated 48-year-old Patrick Scoco threatened his mother, according to police and prosecutors. When she barricaded herself in the bathroom of her Evelyn Park home, he attempted to pry the door open with a tool and told her "I’m gonna slice your neck like a chicken."

When he went to the garage, presumably to get another tool, his mother fled to a neighbor’s house and called police, according to a Pittsfield Police report.

Earlier this month, Scoco was sentenced to 18 months in jail after pleading guilty to six gun, drug and larceny charges. In that case, Scoco was given a stay of execution until Sept. 22 in order to care for his sick mother, among other things, before beginning his sentence.

His mother told police Scoco had been drinking since being sentenced, in violation of his release conditions, and that she was afraid of him.

On Wednesday, Scoco appeared with attorney Thomas J. Donohue in Central Berkshire District Court and pleaded guilty to single counts of misdemeanor assault and threat to commit murder.

Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Jason Lederman asked the court to revoke the stay on the 18-month sentence and give Scoco another six months on and after that sentence on the new charges.

Donohue asked for concurrent time. He said his client was blacked out at the time of the incident.

Judge Jacklyn M. Connly said she would sentence Scoco to six months on and after his 18-month sentence. She also revoked his stay of execution. Scoco began serving a 24-month sentence Wednesday.

The judge recommended Scoco be allowed to attend a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program while incarcerated.

The defendant’s earlier charges stem from a stop by Pittsfield Police for a headlight violation last September. Police at the time discovered Scoco had a stolen Walther P22 semiautomatic handgun with eight rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber, as well as a box of ammunition, inside the car.

He was also charged with stealing $3,000 from an acquaintance and possessing heroin stemming from an October arrest.

In that case, Scoco said he was blacked out and had no recollection of taking the money.

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