A week after prosecutors argued that there were no conditions of release that could ensure the safety of the public from Taylor Bartlett, they agreed to release the city man on his own recognizance.

The Berkshire Eagle reports that the DA’s office on Wednesday walked back an earlier assertion that the state would be seeking to submit the case to a grand jury for indictment and move it to Berkshire Superior Court.

Bartlett's attorney, Joshua Hochberg,  said that detaining Bartlett appeared to contradict the Berkshire District Attorney's Office's stated position on how to deal with youthful offenders.

The 18-year-old Bartlett entered a not guilty plea to a count of armed and masked robbery with a firearm in the October incident at the Onota Lake boat ramp.



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