GREAT BARRINGTON - The suspect in an Aug. 9 shooting incident on Pittsfield Road in Lenox is under house arrest with a GPS monitor following a dangerousness hearing at Southern Berkshire District Court.
Judge William A. Rota released Daniel Sheehan, 34, of Crystal Street in Lenox Dale with an extensive list of conditions, pending his next court date on Oct. 8.
Following the 4 a.m. incident in the parking lot at the Clean All Over Laundromat at 500 Pittsfield Road, Sheehan was held on charges of assault with a firearm with the intent to murder, and assault and battery by discharging a firearm. He had been in custody at the Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction on $250,000 cash bail until Monday's hearing.
The victim in the shooting, Rashard Garnett of West Street, Pittsfield, was treated at Berkshire Medical Center for a broken rib and collapsed lung until his release five days later.
Rota allowed Sheehan to leave home, wearing the GPS monitor, only to retain his job as a machinist, but ordered him to stay away completely from alcohol, marijuana or any other drug, unless legally prescribed by a physician. He is also required to have no contact of any kind with the victim, and to stay 100 yards away from Garnett's home.
Berkshire County Assistant DA David Pixley, arguing for a dangerousness finding and continued detention, submitted a report indicating Sheehan sought a ride home with Garnett, whom he did not know. After Garnett declined, Pixley cited evidence, including snapshots from a video, that Sheehan fired four or five shots as the victim sat in his car. Pixley stated that Sheehan was intoxicated at the time, that the charges were serious but acknowledged the suspect had no previous criminal record.
Representing Sheehan, defense attorney Dean Manuel advocated for a conditional release, pointing out that Sheehan is a lifelong resident the Berkshires, owns a home, has close family ties in the community, would retain his job if released and "has lived a law-abiding life," including service as a volunteer firefighter at the Lenox Dale station where he earned certificates of commendation.
Rota described the incident as a bizarre, serious case, and a random, dangerous encounter fueled by intoxication, but noted the defendant's lack of a prior record. He commented that the shooting was "not an act of vengeance or passion."
In addition to a GPS monitor, Rota ordered Sheehan to wear a SCRAM ankle-bracelet alcohol monitor. "Number one: no alcohol," the judge instructed firmly, "and number two: No marijuana, legal, illegal, prescribed, none," no illegal drugs and no legal drugs unless properly prescribed, and no possession of firearms, ammunition or other dangerous weapons.
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