Superior Court session ends with plea agreement, indictments
Dukes County Superior Court Associate Justice C.J. Moriarty sentenced a Cambridge teenager to a year of closely supervised probation on July 26, after the teenager agreed to plead guilty to a charge of assault and battery on an Island woman.
Elliot Blume-Pickle, 19, was indicted by a grand jury last October on a charge of aggravated rape and a charge of assault and battery.
The charges stem from an incident at 49 Kuffie's Point Way in Tisbury, on June 25, 2010. The property is owned by author Judy Blume, according to assessor's records. Mr. Blume-Pickle is Ms. Blume's grandson.
According to the police report, Mr. Blume-Pickle attacked the woman after a night of drinking games.
As part of a plea agreement, the Cape & Islands District Attorney's office declined to prosecute the rape charge. Assistant district attorney Laura Marshard said prosecutors agreed to the plea in the interest of justice, after extensive consultation with the victim of the assault.
"The victim agreed with the plea, and was present in the courtroom," Ms. Marshard said.
Mr. Blume-Pickle was also ordered to have no contact with the victim, and pay her $6,369 in restitution in uncovered medical bills.
If he violates the term of his probation, he could serve time in jail.
A Dukes County grand jury returned indictments on July 27 in the case of a former state probation chief accused of trafficking in cocaine.
The grand jury indicted Milton L. Britton Sr., 65, of Oak Bluffs, the retired chief probation officer for the Massachusetts Probation Service, on a single charge of trafficking in cocaine from 14 to 28 grams. The penalty for a conviction on that charge is up to 15 years in state prison.
Members of the Martha's Vineyard Drug Task Force arrested Mr. Britton March 18, as he left the condominium he shares with his wife Ruth at 4 Quail Run Road in Oak Bluffs.
According to the police, Mr. Britton had three small bags of cocaine in his pocket. A search of his condominium and an adjoining storage unit yielded 36 more individually wrapped bags of cocaine, according to police
Also indicted in a separate case were two men charged with stealing $85,000 from a neighbor's safe.
The grand jury indicted Daniel A. BenDavid, 48, of Oak Bluffs, and Stanley J. Johnson, 50, of Oak Bluffs, on charges of unarmed burglary, breaking and entering in the nighttime to commit a felony, and larceny. Mr. BenDavid faces an additional charge of malicious destruction of property.
The two men were arrested in March, after confessing to the theft of an elderly neighbor's life savings of $85,000.
Police said Mr. BenDavid and Mr. Johnson broke into a neighbor's house, which is near Mr. BenDavid's basement apartment at 25 Franklin Street.
According to police, both men took elaborate steps to stash the money off-Island. During their investigation, police seized a total of $37,300 in cash from the two suspects. The rest of the money is still missing.
Mr. Britton, Mr. BenDavid and Mr. Johnson were originally charged in Edgartown District Court, where the maximum sentence a judge may impose is 2.5 years in a house of correction.
Prosecutors sometimes present evidence to a grand jury seeking an indictment in Dukes County Superior Court, where longer jail sentences are possible.