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Superior Court Briefs: January 15 - January 18

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Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Tuesday, January 15.

Michael Pieri, 26, of Becket pleaded guilty to 15 counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime, 15 counts of malicious destruction of personal property, eight counts of larceny in a building, six counts of larceny over $250, four counts of receiving stolen property and single counts of illegal ownership of a firearm, possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card, improper storage of a firearm and common and notorious thief.

He was sentenced to concurrent two to three years at the Massachusetts Correction Institution at Cedar Junction on the breaking and entering, larceny over $250, malicious destruction of personal property, larceny in a building and receiving stolen property charges. He was given a concurrent sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction on firearm charges and placed on two years probation for the common and notorious thief charge. He was also ordered to pay $13,247 in restitution.

The charges stem from a series of housebreaks in Becket between November 23, 2010 and July 11, 2011.

Andy Rivera, 32, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of carrying a dangerous weapon.

He was sentenced to serve 18 months and a two and a half year sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction and given two years probation.

A single count of disturbing the peace was dismissed by the state. The charges stem from an incident in Pittsfield on November 8, 2011.

Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Wednesday, January 16.

Michael Laprise, 37, of North Adams pleaded guilty to single counts of distribution of oxycodone and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

He was given a one-year suspended sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction and placed on one year of probation. The incidents occurred in North Adams between November 1, 2010 and November 25, 2010.

Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Thursday, January 17.

Andrew Dupont, 19, of South Egremont pleaded guilty to single counts of indecent assault and battery on a person who has attained age 14 and violation of a harassment order.

He was sentenced to serve 15 months at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the violation of a harassment order and placed on 18 months probation on the other charge.

Two counts of rape and abuse of a child, no force, were dismissed by the state. The assault charge stemmed from an incident in Great Barrington on December 27, 2011 and involved a 15-year-old girl. The harassment order charge was in connection with an incident in Great Barrington on May 22, 2012 involving the same girl.

Michael Bannister, 26, of Adams pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to violate drug laws.

He was ordered to pay a $500 fine. The incident occurred in Adams between November 1, 2010 and November 25, 2010. Two counts of distribution of oxycodone and two counts of drug violation in a school zone were dismissed by the state.

Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Friday, January 18.

Mandi Slick, 29, of North Adams pleaded guilty to a single count of receiving stolen property over $250.

He case was continued without a finding. Slick was allegedly in possession of stolen property in Adams between April 1, 2011 and September 1, 2011.

Robert Smith, 35, of Dalton was found guilty on five counts of rape and abuse of a child, no force, three counts of rape and abuse of a child aggravated by an age difference, two counts of dissemination of obscene matter to a minor and a single count of inducting a minor to engage in sexual intercourse.

He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail until sentencing on Jan. 24.

The incidents involved a girl who is now 17-years-old and a boy who is now 14-years-old in Richmond between January 1, 2004 and June 10, 2010.

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