Berkshire DA’s Office obtains conviction in machete assault case

The jury found that Mills stood outside the victims’ home on May 23 and began swinging the weapon and making threats.

PITTSFIELD — The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office obtained a guilty conviction of a Pittsfield man for threatening people with a large machete.

On Tuesday, a Central Berkshire District Court jury found 40-year-old Craig Mills guilty on single counts of assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct. The jury acquitted Mills on one additional charge of assault with a deadly weapon.

The jury found that Mills stood outside the victims’ home on May 23 and began swinging the weapon and making threats.

“I thank the Pittsfield Police Department for their response that night and the jurors for their service. People should not be fearful in their own homes. This conviction holds the perpetrator accountable for the harm he caused,” District Attorney Andrea Harrington said.

Judge Paul Smyth sentenced Mills to serve two and a half years at the Berkshire County House of Correction, 18 months direct and the balance suspended. The Commonwealth requested the court to sentence to 18 months in the House of Correction. Defense Counsel asked the court to sentence Mills’ to time already served while awaiting trial.