For Immediate Release - July 23, 2012

Tart pleads guilty, sent to jail

A Pittsfield man pleaded guilty this morning in Berkshire Superior Court to several charges.  38 year old JESSE J. TART appeared before Judge John Agostini. 

TART pleaded guilty to two (2) counts of ASSAULT BY MEANS OF A DANGEROUS WEAPON, one (1) count of DISCHARGING A FIREARM WITHIN 500 FEET OF A DWELLING, one (1) count of INTIMIDATION OF A WITNESS OR OTHER PERSON, one (1) count of UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF FIREWORKS, one (1) count of IMPROPER STORAGE OF A NON-LARGE CAPACITY RIFE, SHOTGUN OR FIREARM, one (1) count of OWNERSHIP, POSSESSION OR TRANSFER OF A FIREARM, RIFLE OR SHOTGUN WITHOUT A FIREARM IDENTIFICATION CARD, one (1) count of POSSESSION OF AMMUNITION WITHOUT A FIREARM IDENTIFICATION CARD, one (1) count of POSSESSION OF COCAINE and one (1) count of POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA.  Judge Agostini ordered that TART serve concurrent 18 month sentences at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the ASSAULT BY MEANS OF A DANGEROUS WEAPON charges.  He was given 5 years probation on the other charges on the condition TART have no contact with the victims and not possess guns, ammunition or fireworks during the probationary period.  

The charges stem from a disturbance on Cloverdale Street, in Pittsfield, on July 4, 2010. 

One (1) count of POSSESSION OF AMMUNITION WITHOUT A FIREARM IDENTIFICATION CARD, six (6) counts of IMPROPER STORAGE OF A NON-LARGE CAPACITY RIFE, SHOTGUN OR FIREARM and ten (10) counts of OWNERSHIP, POSSESSION OR TRANSFER OF A FIREARM, RIFLE OR SHOTGUN WITHOUT A FIREARM IDENTIFICATION CARD were dismissed at the request of the Commonwealth.

The investigation was conducted by members of the Pittsfield Police Department.