Pittsfield man extends prison term by spitting on Berkshire Jail officers

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PITTSFIELD — A city man already serving time in state prison will have his stay extended because he spit on corrections officers at the Berkshire Jail and House of Correction in 2017.

Gregory A. Frye, 47, was in pretrial detention Oct. 2, 2017, when he became disruptive in one of the jail's pods during an argument with guards over access to a television remote. After he was placed in restraints, he threatened corrections officers and spat on two of them.

Weeks later, Frye was convicted on charges of illegal possession of a firearm, second offense, and one count of being an armed career felon and sentenced to 10 to 12 years in state prison.

But he was back in Berkshire Superior Court on Tuesday in the spitting incident. He pleaded guilty to two counts of assault and battery on a corrections officer.

Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Joseph Yorlano asked Judge John Agostini to sentence Frye to 18 months to 2 1/2 years in state prison — time to be served after he completes his current state prison sentence.

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Frye's attorney, Joanna Arkema, suggested making any additional time to serve concurrent with his current sentence, which would mean that no additional time would be served.

Agostini said giving Frye a concurrent sentence would be inappropriate, but he didn't want to craft a sentence that would be improperly excessive.

"There has to be be some consequences," Agostini said, noting that if Frye served no additional time, the punishment for his actions at the jail would be essentially meaningless.

With that in mind, he sentenced Frye to one year in prison, which will be served after the completion of his current sentence.

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


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