The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office secured a jail sentence for a West Stockbridge woman for motor vehicle homicide.

Michelle Curletti, 45, pled guilty to single counts of motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence of alcohol and operating under the influence causing serious bodily injury related to the January 2019 motor vehicle collision that killed Francis Kesse.

Judge John Agostini sentenced Curletti to serve two years on each charge for a total of four years at the Massachusetts Women’s Correctional Center at Chicopee. The state’s sentencing recommendations call for imprisonment for three years and four months to five years (40 to 60 months).

The Commonwealth requested a sentence of three to five years. The Defense Counsel requested two and a half years.

I am especially in awe of the victim’s family in this case. Despite losing a loved one in this tragedy and experiencing significant trauma, they showed mercy and forgiveness by asking not for vengeance but instead to use this case to remind the public of the significant dangers of driving under the influence. I admire that courageous and honorable statement

District Attorney Andrea Harrington

The then 33-year-old Kesse died after Curletti crossed the center line of Route 7 in Stockbridge and collided with the vehicle Kesse was a passenger. Originally from Ghana, Kesse worked at Hillcrest Education Centers and lived in Pittsfield with his wife and three children.

 

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