- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A former worker at a Berkshire County resort has been sentenced to up to 15 years in prison for kidnapping, assaulting and robbing his boss.

Arthur Jones III was sentenced Tuesday in Berkshire Superior Court.

Prosecutors say the 45-year-old Jones was hired in March 2013 as a maintenance worker by Arun Ankola, owner of The Springs Econo Lodge and Resort in New Ashford.

The Berkshire Eagle (https://bit.ly/ZcSlCK ) reports that just days after being hired, Jones beat Ankola in the lodge’s lobby, dragged him to the basement, bound him with an extension cord, and took $80 and an ATM card.

He also took $107 from the cash register, using it to buy crack cocaine. Ankola freed himself and called police.

Jones apologized in court, but Ankola said the apology was not genuine.

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Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, https://www.berkshireeagle.com

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