Pittsfield man gets more than 2 years in jail for witness intimidation, other charges

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PITTSFIELD — A city man convicted of witness intimidation, who also pleaded guilty to other open charges, was sentenced Friday to 2 1/2 years in jail.

Andrew Rossetti, 32, was convicted by a jury of six in Central Berkshire District Court on one count of intimidation of a witness, according to a statement from the Berkshire District Attorney's Office. The same jury also found him not guilty of charges of assault and battery on a family or household member, assault with a dangerous weapon, assault and another count of intimidation of a witness.

Following that conviction, Rossetti pleaded guilty to charges of assault and battery, assault with a dangerous weapon, drug possession, threat to commit a crime, lewd wanton and lascivious conduct, and assault and battery on a household member from three other cases against him.

Rossetti was arrested Sept. 5 after being reported for multiple domestic assaults and intimidation. He was ordered held without bail following a dangerousness hearing.

According to the DA's statement, Rossetti is a registered sex offender, stemming from a rape conviction in 2008, and has a lengthy criminal history dating back to 2003. He has faced numerous assault charges throughout the state. Six different women had taken out abuse prevention orders on him in that span.

"My office focuses on removing dangerous people from our community," DA Andrea Harrington said in the statement. "This is an individual who has a long record of violent behavior. We took a difficult case to trial and were able to secure a sentence that protects individuals, the public at large, and law enforcement, which are at an increased risk when responding to these types of calls."

Rossetti will serve his sentence at the Berkshire Jail and House of Correction.

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

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