NORTH ADAMS -- Two city men will serve jail time after being found guilty for participating in an armed home invasion at a Quincy Street apartment in May.
Joseph W. Martin, 20, of North Holden Street, and William J. Waterhouse, 20, of West Shaft Road, both admitted to sufficient facts Friday on multiple charges and will each serve up to three years in the Berkshire County House of Corrections.
North Adams Police responded to a report of a home invasion at an apartment on Quincy Street in the early morning of May 21.
The four victims told police that three men burst into their home via a door on the side of the house, ordered them onto the ground and threatened to kill them before stealing approximately $100 and a cell phone.
The victims described the intruders as wearing black masks, hooded sweatshirts, and rubber gloves. One intruder was said to hold a machete, but the report states it was actually a 12 inch steel file.
According to the report, North Adams Police received information from concerned citizens that both Waterhouse and Martin were connected to the case.
Martin was found guilty on three charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, two charges of larceny from a person, and single charges of larceny under $250, breaking and entering into a building at night for a felony, and assault and battery.
Waterhouse was found guilty on three charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon; two charges of larceny from a person, and single charges of larceny under $250 and assault and battery. Waterhouse received 87 days credit towards his sentence.
Waterhouse was on probation for a prior case involving charges of larceny over $250 and malicious destruction of property, and Martin was on probation for a prior case involving charges of larceny under $250.