Pittsfield man gets up to 12 years prison on multiple drug, gun, assault charges

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PITTSFIELD — A city man has been sentenced to up to 12 years in prison on multiple drug, weapons and assault charges in connection with two separate incidents in North Adams.

Ronald P. Sanford, 29, pleaded guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on Wednesday to his involvement in the incidents from September 2017 and January 2019.

Sanford admitted he participated in the Sept. 19, 2017, robbery of a North Adams drug dealer, during which he beat and kicked the victim in the body and head.

And on Jan. 23, 2019, North Adams Police were alerted to a fight and reports of gunshots fired inside a Gallup Street apartment. Witnesses reported seeing Sanford with a weapon.

A subsequent search of his residence recovered eight illegal firearms, dozens of rounds of ammunition, packaged heroin, about 28 grams of cocaine, six cellphones and dealer paraphernalia, including a digital scale and packaging materials.

In all, Sanford pleaded guilty to eight counts of illegal ownership of a firearm; seven counts of improper storage of a firearm; two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon; and one count each of trafficking in cocaine, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, illegal possession of a large capacity feeding device, and possession of heroin with intent to distribute (subsequent offense).

Judge John Agostini sentenced him to 10 to 12 years in state prison under an agreed-upon recommendation between Assistant Berkshire District Attorneys Heather Valentine and Megan Tesoniero and Sanford's attorney, Colin Keefe.

Sanford will serve his sentence at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. He was given credit for 517 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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