Pittsfield man headed to jail for gun and drug crimes

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PITTSFIELD — A city man has been sentenced to 18 months in jail in connection with drug and gun charges.

Josaiah Bynum, 21, admitted last month to four counts stemming from the search of his Howard Street home on Feb. 28, 2017.

Bynum had also faced indictment in the 2017 homicide of Asiyanna Jones, but those charges since have been dropped. Three other suspects remain held without bail in that case.

The search of Bynum's home was the result of a warrant obtained by the Berkshire County Drug Task Force, according to Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Heather Valentine.

Police recovered about 12.2 grams of cocaine, a loaded .357 revolver, over 200 rounds of ammunition as well as dealer equipment and paraphernalia, she said.

Bynum pleaded guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on Sept. 26 to charges of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, illegal ownership of a firearm and possession of ammunition without a firearms identification card.

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His attorney, Jill Sheldon, recommended a sentence of time already served and two years of probation.

Sheldon noted Bynum had been held for nearly a year after he was implicated and charged in connection with Jones' death, and his bail on the drug and weapons case was revoked.

Valentine's recommendation was two consecutive one-year jail sentences followed by two years of probation, which she called more than reasonable under the circumstances.

Judge Douglas Wilkins sentenced Bynum to a total of 18 months in jail, followed by two years of probation, during which time he must remain drug-free, submit to random screenings and he will be prohibited from owning a firearm.

Bynum was given credit for 385 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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