As our legislature continues to advocate for forcing people who have committed no crime before our courts via ERPO – “Red Flag” bills, lets take a look at what’s going on in just one court – how our judges are releasing dangerous criminals over & over again.
These are all copied directly from Worcester County Court records, just one day in court.
Heroin dealer with gun gets two one year sentences: James Cunningham, 54, of 26 Blackstone River Road, Worcester, was sentenced to two concurrent terms of 1 year in the House of Correction after pleading guilty to distribution of a class B substance, amended from trafficking in heroin/morphine/opium, and possession of a class A substance with intent to distribute. Charges of possession of a firearm without a firearm ID card, possession of ammunition without a firearm ID card, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and three counts of drug violation near a school or park were dismissed at the request of the commonwealth.
Armed assault & battery gets nothing but a monthly fee: Tashiel Johnson, 21, of 96 Stanton St., Worcester, was placed on two concurrent terms of 5 years’ probation after pleading guilty to larceny from a person, amended from armed robbery, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, amended from assault and battery with dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury. As conditions of probation, he was ordered to seek and maintain employment or enroll in full time education, not to possess weapons, to stay away from and have no contact with the victim, and to pay $65 monthly probation fee.
Heroin dealer walks: Ivan M. Montanez, 42, of 2 Gilman St., Worcester, charged with distribution of heroin and drug violation near a school or park, dismissed without prejudice.
Heroin/Coke dealer walks: Shawn Fleury, 41, of 91/2 Fairbanks St., Worcester, charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute (subsequent offense), possession of cocaine with intent to distribute (subsequent offense), withholding evidence from a criminal proceeding, and resisting arrest, continued to April 6 on $3,500 cash bail.
Heroin dealer walks: Winsters Jimenez, 25, of 70 Fox St., Worcester, charged with trafficking in heroin/morphine/opium, distribution of heroin, and possession of heroin with intent to distribute, continued to April 6 on $10,000 cash bail.
Now lets take a look at courts in the Berkshires. Remember, leadership in the legislature hasn’t said a thing about this while pushing for ERPO – “red flag” bills, yet they continue selling the scheme of “hauling dangerous people before courts will keep us safe”.
Intent to murder and illegal possession of firearm – walks: Josaiah Bynum, 20, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of armed assault with intent to murder, and single counts of illegal possession of a firearm, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building. He was released on $5,000 bail. The charges stem from an incident in Pittsfield on October 2, 2017. He is accused of attempting to hard a 38-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman.
Armed heroin dealer walks: Frank Rocco, 32, of Lee had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of trafficking in heroin, conspiracy to violate drug laws, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. He was released on $3,500 bail. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant on Rocco’s home on February 18, 2018.
Armed heroin dealer walks: Autumn Leon, 24, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of trafficking in heroin, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, illegal ownership of a firearm, improper storage of a firearm, and possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card. She was released on personal recognizance. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant in Lanesborough on February 15, 2018.
Multi time felon heroin dealer walks: Jonathan Rice, 30, of Lee had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on five counts of distribution of heroin and a single count of conspiracy to violate drug laws. He was released on personal recognizance. Rice is accused of selling heroin on December 8, 2017, December 12, 2017, December 21, 2017, January 15, 2018, and February 6, 2018 and conspiring with others to sell the drug between December 6, 2017 and February 18, 2018.