Woman sought in connection with 2017 Pittsfield fatal shooting turns herself in
PITTSFIELD — A woman accused of lying to police investigating the October 2017 shooting death of Asiyanna Jones is being held without bail after she turned herself in Tuesday morning on a warrant.
Dayanlee Bracero-Quirindo, a 24-year-old former Pittsfield resident, was indicted last month by a grand jury on two counts of misleading police. She was scheduled to appear for arraignment on those charges July 11, but failed to appear, leading to the issuance of a warrant for her arrest.
According to information aired in court, Bracero-Quirindo contacted the Superior Court Clerk's Office after receiving a summons, which satisfied the court that she received it and was aware she was required to appear.
When Bracero-Quirindo walked into the Berkshire Superior Court Clerk's Office Tuesday morning to turn herself in, she said she had been unaware of the warrant until someone who had seen media reports made her aware of it.
Bracero-Quirindo said she has a new home in Chester, Pa., and did not receive a summons.
She was taken into custody pending an arraignment on the charges. By Tuesday afternoon, an attorney to handle that arraignment wasn't available, moving that proceeding to Wednesday afternoon's court session.
According to court papers obtained by The Eagle, Bracero-Quirindo is accused of misleading police in the case on two separate occasions; once on Oct. 2, 2017, the night Jones was shot, and again on Dec. 13, 2017.
Details regarding those statements to police were not immediately available.
Three people have been charged with murder in connection with Jones' death: Elizabeth "Nunu" Perez, 27; Carey Pilot, 46; and Gary Linen, 39, have all pleaded not guilty to their respective charges and all are being held without the right to bail.
Pilot and Linen were indicted on charges including murder by grand juries convened under then-Berkshire District Attorney Paul Caccaviello. Charges against the two were dropped this year amid questions regarding whether evidence was presented properly to those grand juries.
Both cases were submitted to a new grand jury, which handed down fresh indictments against Pilot and Linen and a new indictment against Perez, who had not been previously charged.
Prosecutors believe Pilot set off a shootout on Dewey Avenue about 10:45 p.m. Oct. 2, 2017, when she opened fire toward Perez and Linen, with whom she had been in a fight earlier in the day.
Jones, 22, who was in a nearby parked car, was struck in the head by gunfire and died hours later.
If convicted of the murder charges, each defendant faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.
A charge of misleading a police officer carries a penalty of up to 10 years in state prison.
Bob Dunn can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, at @BobDunn413 on Twitter and 413-496-6249.
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