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Superior Court Briefs: Nov. 20 - Nov. 30

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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, November 20.
 
Gregory Frye, 45, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of assault and battery on a correctional officer.
 
He was placed on $25 bail. He is currently serving a prison sentence on other charges. The charge stems from an incident at the Berkshire County House of Correction on October 3, 2017.
 
Michael Litchfield, 44, of Hinsdale pleaded guilty to single counts of manslaughter, conspiracy to violate drug laws, and possession of heroin with intent to distribute.
 
He was ordered to serve concurrent three and a half to six years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. Agostini recommended that it be served at the Berkshire County House of Correction.
 
Litchfield sold fentanyl-laced heroin to Shawn Filiault, 39, who died after ingesting the drug. Litchfield was in possession of heroin with intent to sell when he was arrested on July 8, 2016.
 
Laurino Maysonet, 34, was found not guilty on single counts of kidnapping, armed robbery while masked, larceny over $250, intimidation of a witness, and fraudulent use of a credit card. 
 
The incident allegedly occurred in Pittsfield on December 14, 2016 and involved a 52-year-old woman.
 
Damian Sinclair, 26, of Albany, N.Y. had three counts of assault and battery on a disabled person continued without a change of plea for one year.
 
Sinclair is accused of assaulting three students while working at Eagleton School between January 1, 2014 and May 31, 2015. Three counts of caretaker abuse on a disabled person were dismissed by the state.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, November 21.
 
Kevin Smith, 21, of Holyoke pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit: possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit: possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
 
Smith was ordered to serve concurrent 18-month sentences at the Berkshire County House of Correction. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at 144 Brayton Hill Terrace in North Adams on December 6, 2016.
 
Single counts of illegal possession of a large capacity weapon, illegal possession of a large capacity feeding device, possession of a large capacity firearm, rifle, or shotgun during the commission of a felony, improper storage of a large capacity firearm, possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card were all dismissed by the state.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, November 27.
 
Kyle Forbes, 24, pleaded guilty to single counts of distribution of cocaine and possession of cocaine - his second offense. 
 
He was ordered to serve nine months of an 18-month sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the distribution of cocaine charge and placed on one-year probation. He was given concurrent time of the other charge.
 
The charges stem from the sale of cocaine to an undercover police officer in Pittsfield on January 31, 2017.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, November 29.
 
Brian Hohman, 53, of Great Barrington had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on a single count of indecent assault and battery on a person who has attained age 14.
 
He was released on personal recognizance. Hohman is accused of assaulting an 18-year-old man in Pittsfield on October 1, 2017.
 
Mark Welch, 51, of Pittsfield had not guilty plea entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate drug laws, and possession of cocaine.
 
He was released on $1,000 bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Lee on October 10, 2017.
 
Amber Maisano-Krok, 39, of Lenoxdale had a single count of intimidation of a witness continued without a change of plea for one year.
 
Maisano-Krok is accused of intimidating a victim in a criminal investigation in Becket between August 6, 2016 and August 7, 2017.
 
Sam Wassilie, 39, of Hudson, N.Y. was sentenced to concurrent four to five years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on five counts of videotaping sexual parts of children under the age of 18 and concurrent time at the Berkshire County House of Correction on 10 counts of videotaping persons nude or partially nude.
 
Wassilie was found guilty on the charges on November 9, 2017. Wassilie had set up a video recording device in a public restroom at Pinegrove Park in Dalton between September 14, 2014 and October 26, 2014.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, November 30.
 
Christopher Vandesteene, 36, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on three counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime with intent to commit a felony and three counts of larceny from a building.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $25,000 bail. 
 
Vandesteene is accused of breaking into American Detailing in Pittsfield on January 30, 2017; the Becket General Store in Becket on September 3, 2017; and Angelina's Sub Shop in Pittsfield on September 15, 2017. He is accused of stealing ATM machines from those locations.
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