Sheffield man gets two and a half years jail for assault and battery on a woman

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PITTSFIELD — A Sheffield man was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail after a Berkshire jury of six found him guilty of assault and battery on a woman in April 2017.

James E. Bigelow Sr., 41, was convicted Feb. 8 of one count of assault and battery on a family or household member. Judge Paul Smyth presided over the trial and imposed the sentence, which will be served at the Berkshire Jail and House of Correction, followed by 18 months of probation.

Bigelow was found guilty of grabbing the wrists of the victim and pinning her up against a refrigerator during an argument.

The same jury found Bigelow not guilty of two counts of witness intimidation and one count each of assault to murder, strangulation and a separate count of assault and battery on a family or household member.

Bigelow was given credit for 29 days of time already served in custody.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Caitlin Shugrue. Bigelow was represented by attorney Richard LeBlanc.

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

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