Washington woman gets time served for her role in string of recent armed robberies
PITTSFIELD -- A Washington woman who testified against her co-defendant and ex-boyfriend was given time served and probation for her part in a series of armed robberies in the city last year.
Laura Methe, 22, admitted that she "scoped out" a number of Pittsfield businesses and acted as the getaway driver for Raheem Garrett, 28, who robbed the stores in the fall of 2011.
Methe, 22, pleaded guilty on Wednesday in Berkshire Superior Court to a dozen charges, including multiple counts of armed robbery while masked, armed assault wit intent to rob and assault by means of a dangerous weapon.
Police said the pair robbed a number of convenience stores, a Dunkin' Donuts and the Domino' s Pizza on Elm Street, which they hit twice. The crimes occurred between August and November 2011.
On Wednesday, First Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Paul J. Caccaviello and Methe's attorney, Edmund St. John III, asked the court to adopt a joint recommendation of a 210 day jail sentence -- the time Methe has already served awaiting the outcome of her case -- and three years of probation.
Caccaviello cited the "extraordinary circumstances" of the case as reasons for the recommendation.
According to the prosecutor, if Methe had "kept her mouth shut" after her arrest she and Garrett would have likely only been charged with one or two robberies, but instead she confessed to seven.
Judge John A. Agostini admitted that the prosecution would have had a hard time with their case had Methe not cooperated. He agreed to the sentence.
Methe testified against Garrett at his trial last week. He was found guilty on Monday in connection with three armed robberies and was sentenced to between 10 and 15 years in prison. The jury found him not guilty of seven charges related to other robberies or attempted robberies.
His attorney, Thomas J. Donohue Jr., has filed appeals on both Garrett's conviction and sentence.
During Methe's testimony she said Garrett came up with the idea after the couple was unable to find work.
The couple's spree came to an end the night of Nov. 22, 2011, with their arrests following a high-speed chase from Pittsfield Police that began after a second robbery of Domino's Pizza on Elm Street, according to Caccaviello.
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