Adams man pleads guilty to assault during drunken blackout
Keith D. Beland, 27, pleaded guilty to one count each of assault and battery causing serious bodily injury and resisting arrest. He was sentenced to 117 days of time already served, with the remainder of a two-and-a-half-year jail sentence suspended while he is placed on probation for one year. The punishment was handed down by Judge John Agostini.
Due to his lack of memory of the incident, Beland entered an Alford plea, in which he stated he had no memory of the events but didn't dispute the facts of the state's case against him.
According to Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Joseph Yorlano, police were dispatched to Elm Street for a report of an assault at around 9:15 p.m. on May 14, 2017. They found the victim, a 24-year-old male, with his eyes swollen shut, his lips swollen and bleeding and gasping for air.
Police were given a description of the assailant and told his first name was Keith, and that he had fled the party on foot. Authorities were later contacted by an individual and told a man matching the description of the assailant had contacted them, said he needed a ride out of town and asked to be picked up at a particular spot.
Police went there and found Beland, who then led police on an approximately 20-minute foot chase before being taken into custody.
Beland had injuries consistent with the accusations, including bruised and bleeding knuckles. DNA testing later revealed that he had the victim's blood on him when he was arrested, Yorlano said.
While on probation, Beland must avoid drugs and alcohol, submit to random screenings and stay away from the victim.
Tuesday's sentencing was the result of an agreed-upon recommendation between Yorlano and Beland's attorney Marc Vincelette.
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