One year in jail for North Adams man who admitted assaulting pregnant woman, selling heroin

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PITTSFIELD — A North Adams man has admitted to assaulting a pregnant woman during a robbery attempt and selling heroin.

Kurt Vosburgh, 54, appeared in Berkshire Superior Court on Monday and pleaded guilty to his charges before Judge John Agostini. The imposition of Vosburgh's sentence was stayed until Thursday to allow him time to tend to medical issues.

Vosburgh admitted that on June 9, 2017, he was waiting outside a Tapestry Health facility on West Main Street in North Adams, about two hours after he had received services there. He approached one of the workers after she'd finished her shift and was walking to her car, and shoved her while trying to steal her pocketbook.

The woman, four months pregnant at the time, managed to fight off Vosburgh and get into her car before driving to the North Adams Police Department and reporting the assault.

Then, on Oct. 5, 2018, police who had received information that Vosburgh was selling heroin made arrangements for an undercover purchase of $40 worth. Vosburgh was subsequently arrested and found with the marked money used for the buy and 24 bags of heroin.

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In all, Vosburgh pleaded guilty to unarmed assault with the intent to rob, assault and battery on a pregnant victim, distribution of heroin and possession of heroin [subsequent offense].

Vosburgh has a prior conviction for heroin possession from 2017, according to Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Kyle Christensen, who prosecuted the cases.

Agostini adopted the agreed-upon sentencing recommendation of one year in jail proffered by Christensen and attorneys Edmund St. John III, who represented Vosburgh in the assault case and Glenn Keiderling, who handled the narcotics charges.

Vosburgh will serve his sentence at the Berkshire Jail and House of Correction and was given credit for 137 days of time already served.

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


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