Jury Finds Machete Wielding Pittsfield Man Guilty of Assault With Deadly Weapon
A Berkshire jury has convicted a Pittsfield man after an incident in which he was swinging a machete and making threats, while another man was denied bail after being accused of stabbing two men in the city of Pittsfield.
The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office has obtained a guilty conviction of a Pittsfield man for threatening people with a large machete. On Tuesday of this week, a Central Berkshire District Court jury found 40-year-old Craig Mills guilty on single counts of assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct. The jury acquitted Mills on one additional charge of assault with a deadly weapon.
The jury found that Mills stood outside the victims’ home on May 23rd and proceeded to swing the weapon (machete) and make threats.
I thank the Pittsfield Police Department for their response that night and the jurors for their service. People should not be fearful in their own homes. This conviction holds the perpetrator accountable for the harm he caused. ~ District Attorney Andrea Harrington
Judge Paul Smyth sentenced Mills to serve two and a half years at the Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction, 18 months direct and the balance suspended. The Commonwealth requested the court to sentence to 18 months in the House of correction. The defense counsel had asked the court to sentence Mills’ to time already served while awaiting trial.
Also, a judge has denied bail for the man that authorities have accused of stabbing two men on Tyler Street in Pittsfield. 36-year-old Joshua Lofink was ordered this week held without bail for 120 days by Judge Mark Pasquariello in Central Berkshire District Court.