Berkshire District Attorney’s Office secures conviction of man who escaped custody
Pittsfield — On Monday, the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office secured the conviction of a Pittsfield man who assaulted multiple people when he escaped sheriff’s custody and evaded law enforcement for three days.
Harry Chandler, 35, pleaded guilty in Berkshire Superior Court to single counts of escape from a penal institution, assault and battery on a correctional officer, assault and battery on a person over the age of 60, and assault and battery. Judge John Agostini sentenced Chandler to two to four years in state prison.
“These convictions reflect that the Berkshire District Attorney’s office takes violence against front line health care workers and correctional officers very seriously.” District Attorney Andrea Harrington said.
“I thank all of the law enforcement agencies involved in the exhaustive search and apprehension of Mr. Chandler. This effort demonstrates their dedication to protecting this community.”
Assistant District Attorney Joseph Yorlano prosecuted the case and requested a seven- to 10-year state prison sentence. The defense requested three years at the Berkshire County House of Correction.
The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office also secured convictions on all of Mr. Chandler’s district court cases. Chandler pled guilty to numerous charges and will serve concurrent jail time.
On July 8, 2019, sheriff’s deputies transported Chandler from the jail to Berkshire Medical Center for medical care. Chandler then assaulted a correctional officer, a nurse and another BMC staff member, and fled the hospital.
A coordinated effort among multiple law enforcement agencies tracked and arrested Chandler three days later.
The agencies involved in the search include Pittsfield Police Department; Massachusetts State Police; Dalton, Lanesborough, Lee and Lenox police; the Western Massachusetts Gang Task Force; the U.S. Marshals Office; the New York State Police; Connecticut State Police; Millerton and Colonie police in New York; the FBI; Massachusetts State Parole; the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department; and the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office.