Lamb Handed Life Sentence12:00AM / Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Pittsfield - A former Becket resident was found guilty of second degree murder in the 2005 death of 21-year-old Brandon LaBonte after nine hours of jury deliberation.
Berkshire Superior Court Judge John Agostini ordered Damien J. Lamb, 24, whose last address was Davenport, Iowa, to a life sentence at the Massachusetts Correctional Institute at Cedar Junction on the murder charge. Jurors deliberated for a two-day span before coming to a verdict.
Jurors found Lamb guilty on one count of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon [a shod foot], one count of assault and battery, and one count of assault and battery to collect a loan.
Agostini sentenced Lamb to concurrent three-to four year state prison sentences, to be served on and after the life sentence, on the assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and the assault and battery to collect a loan charges. The assault and battery charge was filed.
LaBonte, of Pittsfield, was killed in Becket on Feb. 16, 2005. Lamb assaulted LaBonte on Feb.6, 2005, before killing him on Feb. 16.