DALTON, Mass. (WWLP) — A Dalton man was sentenced to prison Wednesday for charges in connection to an assault on a Pittsfield resident who was severely injured. The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office said Steven Santana, 32, was sentenced to 12 years in state prison after pleading guilty to the following charges:
- Assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury
- Assault and battery to collect a loan
- Witness intimidation
- Threat to commit a crime (Four counts)
“I am proud of my office’s work to hold this individual accountable for the vicious attack on the victim,” District Attorney Andrea Harrington said. “I thank the Pittsfield Police Department for its hard work on this case and the medical personnel who attended to the victim’s wounds.”
On August 4, 2021, Pittsfield police were called to a home for an assault. When they arrived at the home, they found the victim several injured. They were taken to Berkshire Medical Center for their injuries. They were later transferred to Albany Medical Center for multiple facial bone fractures and a severe eye injury.
Santana was also sentenced to two and a half years in prison, concurrent to his other charges, for firearm charges in a separate incident. Santana pleaded guilty on October 4 to the following charges:
- Carrying a firearm without a license
- Possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony
- Possessing a defaced firearm
- Trafficking in cocaine
- Reckless operation of a motor vehicle
- Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license
On April 18, 2021, Santana refused to stop for Dalton police while driving his vehicle on West Housatonic Street. Santana led the police into a car chase. During that chase, Santana attempted to throw a backpack containing a firearm, cocaine, and evidence of cocaine distribution. Santana was eventually stopped and arrested, and police recovered the backpack.