- Berkshire District Attorney's Office
Media Contact for Berkshire District Attorney’s Office Attains Guilty Verdicts In October Mountain Shooting Case
Andrew McKeever, Director of Communications
PITTSFIELD — The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office won guilty verdicts against the first two defendants tried in the near-fatal shooting of Nicholas Carnevale on Wednesday.
After a two-week trial, a Berkshire Superior Court jury found Kevin Nieves, 22, of Pittsfield and Daquan Douglas, 28, of Pittsfield guilty for their roles in shooting Carnevale on Aug. 21, 2018, at a party at the Ashley Reservoir on October Mountain.
“I am truly in awe of Nick’s strength during his long and difficult recovery from the injuries he sustained that night. He is an inspiration to our entire community, and I look forward to hearing about and seeing every milestone in his continued fight,” District Attorney Andrea Harrington said.
“I thank the jury for their thoughtful consideration of the facts presented at trial. It is difficult for people to take two weeks away from their work, life, kids, and family to serve on a jury, but that service is the most important part of a fair justice system. I thank the State Police for their investigation into this horrific shooting and I am proud of my team for their comprehensive presentation of the facts for the jury to decide.”
The jury found Nieves guilty of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily harm, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, armed kidnapping with serious bodily injury, two counts of assault and battery, and a single count of malicious damage to a motor vehicle. The jury found Douglas guilty of misleading a police officer.
Judge John Agostini scheduled sentencing for Thursday at 10 a.m.
Nieves and Douglas are two of four accused of attacking then 19-year-old Carnevale, of Cheshire, which included pulling him from a vehicle, assaulting him, and then shooting him in the head. Douglas lied to police during the investigation. The cases against co-defendants Christopher Frazier and Luis Delvalle-Rodriguez related to the shooting are still pending.
The Berkshire State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office, the Massachusetts State Police Crime Scene Services and Ballistics Sections, forensic scientists assigned to the State Police Crime Laboratory, state troopers from the Lee and Cheshire barracks, members of the Pittsfield, Dalton, Washington and Hinsdale Police Departments and the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Department all conducted the investigation.
Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington’s office serves all 32 cities and towns in Berkshire County. The office represents the Commonwealth in more than 7,500 criminal cases per year in Berkshire Superior Court, three district courts, three juvenile courts, Massachusetts Appeals Court, and Supreme Judicial Court. The office works closely with the State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office, the Berkshire Law Enforcement Task Force, and collaborates with local police departments across the county. A dedicated staff of more than 50 prioritizes public safety, empowering victims and witnesses through services and support, and building a safe community for everyone and especially the most vulnerable.