Up to 3 years for Pittsfield man for fentanyl trafficking, other charges

PITTSFIELD — A city man who left 32 grams of fentanyl in his wrecked car last year before fleeing police has been sentenced to up to three years in prison.

Billie Jo Twing, 37, admitted on Tuesday he was driving in Pittsfield about 12:15 a.m. March 26, 2016, when police spotted a broken light and attempted to pull over his vehicle. Twing sped away and eventually lost the officer following him.

An alert for the vehicle was issued and police soon found it crashed into the porch of a vacant house on Dewey Avenue.

Police found Twing, who did not comply with officers' orders to show his hands and resisted during attempts to place him in custody, including being hit with pepper spray.

He eventually slipped away, but police later arrested him on a warrant after finding his wallet and identification in the vehicle. In their search, police also found slightly more than 32 grams of fentanyl, a powerful opioid medication.

Twing pleaded guilty in Berkshire Superior Court to charges of trafficking in fentanyl, resisting arrest, failure to stop for police and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license. Charges of possession of fentanyl with the intent to distribute (second offense) and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute were dismissed at the request of the state.

Judge John Agostini accepted the agreed-upon sentencing recommendation between Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Joseph Yorlano and Twing's attorney, Joshua Hochberg, of 2 1/2 to 3 years in prison.

Agostini also agreed to pass along the defense's request that Twing serve his sentence at the Berkshire Jail and House of Correction; a decision that will ultimately be up to the Department of Correction.

He was given credit for 471 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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