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The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office secured a third conviction of those responsible for the death of 34-year-old William Catalano.
1/28/2022
  • Berkshire District Attorney's Office

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Andrew McKeever, Director of Communications

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PITTSFIELDThe Berkshire District Attorney’s Office secured a third conviction of those responsible for the death of 34-year-old William Catalano.

On Friday, Bruce Romano, 31, of Pittsfield pled guilty in Berkshire Superior Court to a single count of manslaughter for his role in the October 15, 2018 killing. Judge John Agostini sentenced Romano to serve 12 to 15 years in state prison.

Romano is the third and last defendant responsible for Catalano’s death. The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office previously secured a life sentence for Jason Sefton, who stabbed Catalano multiple times during the attack. Sefton pled guilty to murder on December 1, 2021.

Co-defendant Anthony Boone pled guilty on February 10, 2020, to a single count of manslaughter. Judge Agostini also sentenced him to serve 12 to 15 years in state prison for his role in the homicide.

“I send my heartfelt condolences to Mr. Catalano’s family, friends, and everyone who is devastated by this tragic loss. Mr. Catalano was a beloved and cherished member of our community and will always be remembered for bringing joy to the world. I hope these convictions bring Mr. Catalano’s family some closure and supports their healing,” District Attorney Andrea Harrington said.

“I thank the Pittsfield Police Department and the State Police for their thorough and diligent investigation into this senseless attack.”

Romano was one of the three individuals who attacked Catalano outside Robbins Avenue. Romano and Boone both physically assaulted Catalano while Sefton stabbed him. Emergency medical services transported Catalano to Berkshire Medical Center, where he subsequently died because of the two stab wounds to his chest.

The Pittsfield Police Department, with assistance from the Berkshire State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, Forensic Scientists from the State Police Crime Laboratory, and the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Department investigated the homicide.

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, especially the most vulnerable.

Media Contact for Berkshire District Attorney’s Office Secures Third Conviction In William Catalano Murder

Berkshire District Attorney's Office 

Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington's 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.
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