Clarksburg man headed to prison for role in diamond theft

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PITTSFIELD — A Clarksburg man was sentenced to up to seven years in prison Thursday after admitting to his role in the robbery of a loose diamond last year that left the seller with a gunshot wound.

Gage Sherman, 22, will serve his sentence concurrently with a five-year prison sentence he is currently serving in Connecticut on a firearms charge.

Sherman was contacted Jan. 24, 2018, by a man who said he had a loose diamond to sell, according to Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Kyle Christensen. Sherman told the seller he knew two people who might be interested and negotiated a price.

Later, Sherman and the two still unidentified individuals arrived at the agreed-upon meeting place. The seller handed the diamond to one of the unidentified males who then pulled out a handgun and shot the seller before leaving the area.

Sherman said he had left the meeting before the handgun was shown. Four days later, Sherman was arrested in Connecticut on the firearms charge.

He agreed to be arraigned on one count of unarmed robbery on a District Attorney's complaint, which allows prosecutors to bring forward a charge without going through the normal process of submitting a case to a grand jury in order to obtain an indictment.

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Once he was arraigned, Sherman immediately pleaded guilty to the unarmed robbery charge and was sentenced to five to seven years in state prison, which he will serve in Connecticut.

If he completes his Connecticut sentence while there is still time to serve on his Massachusetts charge, he will be returned to complete that sentence.

The sentence was the result of an agreed-upon recommendation between Christensen and Sherman's attorney, Richard Taskin.

The plea was heard in Berkshire Superior Court before Judge John Agostini.

Sherman was given credit for 23 days of time already served in custody.

Bob Dunn can be reached at bdunn@berkshireeagle.com, at @BobDunn413 on Twitter and 413-496-6249.


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