The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office obtained a guilty verdict against an Adams man on Wednesday for assaulting a woman.

A Northern Berkshire District Court jury found Joshua Benoit, 45, of Adams guilty of punching, dragging the victim by the hair, and attempting to throw her down a flight of stairs before another adult intervened.

Judge William Rota adopted the Commonwealth’s sentencing recommendations of a year and a half of incarceration at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the single count of assault and battery on a household member. The Defense Counsel requested that the court sentence Mr. Benoit to probation.

Adams Police responded and investigated the assault on July 27, 2020.

“I thank the Adams Police Department for their prompt response and thorough investigation, the victim for her courageous testimony at trial, the witness who intervened and prevented the victim from being further harmed, and the jurors for their deliberations,” District Attorney Andrea Harrington said. “The pandemic may have slowed the wheels of justice, but my office remains dedicated to bringing violent cases to trial. The District Court resumed jury trials in recent weeks and we are well prepared to bring resolution to victims.”

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