PITTSFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) — A man in Pittsfield was sentenced to prison in connection with several assault and battery charges. According to a news release from Berkshire District Attorney’s Office (DA), 68-year-old Raphael Ellison was sentenced on five counts.

The charges stem from an incident at a residence on Linden Street in Pittsfield. Ellison was sentenced on the following charges:

  1. Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon Causing Serious Bodily Injury, sentenced to 5-7.5 years
  2. Assault and Battery Serious Bodily Injury, sentenced to 4-5 years
  3. Strangulation or Suffocation, sentenced to 4-5 years
  4. Assault With a Dangerous Weapon, sentenced to 4-5 years
  5. Kidnapping with Serious Bodily Injury, Armed, sentenced to 5-7.5 years

The DA said that on Nov. 11, 2020, Ellison assaulted the victim when he was in the process of moving out of the apartment he shared with the victim that he used to have a romantic relationship with. Officers removed Ellison from the apartment when a neighbor called the police. He then returned to the apartment later that night, forcing his way in and again physically abusing the victim and threatening both the victim and her family if she were to attempt to leave.

District Attorney Shugrue commends the victim for reading an impact statement at sentencing about lasting emotional trauma and physical pain from the abuse she endured.