On Friday, Oct. 16, Judge Paul Smyth ordered that Lonnie Durfee be held without bail under the dangerousness statute. The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office successfully argued that the latest allegations against Durfee demonstrate a risk to the public.

Here is what District Attorney Andrea Harrington said out about the outcome:

I thank Judge Smyth for his thoughtful consideration of the facts we presented in making his determination. Mr. Durfee’s record shows that he has engaged in a pattern of domestic violence, including strangulation, a strong indicator of potential lethality. Mr. Durfee’s recent arson allegations are particularly concerning in light of his violent history because he is escalating his hostility against the public at large. Our number one job is to protect the public. This ruling keeps a dangerous person from potentially causing additional harm to members of our community.

 

Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington’s office serves all 32 cities and towns in Berkshire County. The office represents the Commonwealth in more than 7,500 criminal cases per year in Berkshire Superior Court, three district courts, three juvenile courts, Massachusetts Appeals Court, and Supreme Judicial Court. The office works closely with the State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office, the Berkshire Law Enforcement Task Force, and collaborates with local police departments across the county. A dedicated staff of more than 50 prioritizes public safety, empowering victims and witnesses through services and support, and building a safe community for everyone and especially the most vulnerable.

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