- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A Pittsfield man involved in a violent home invasion almost two years ago has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in jail, even after prosecutors sought a 20-year sentence.

Malik Grandson was also sentenced Monday in Berkshire Superior Court to five year of probation by a judge who agonized over the sentencing decision.

The Berkshire Eagle (https://bit.ly/1CUcIGP ) reports that Judge John Agostini said a 20-year or more state prison sentence was “unjustly harsh.”

Agostini said if he wasn’t bound by mandatory sentencing guidelines, he would have sentenced Grandson to seven to 10 years in prison.

Prosecutors say the 22-year-old Grandson was one of five people who broke into an apartment in May 2013 and terrorized a 41-year-old woman while looking for her son.

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


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