PITTSFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - A jury found two Massachusetts men guilty of aggravated rape in connection with an incident that took place on January 10, 2017.
The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office told 22News Jacob Hebert of Pittsfield and John Jones of Lanesboro, both 23, were each found guilty on two counts of aggravated rape on Thursday.
The Berkshire Eagle reported the two had pled not guilty to the sexually assaulting a woman in western Massachusetts.
Police say the woman invited Hebert over that Tuesday, but Jones unexpectedly arrived with him. Hebert is said to have pressured the woman into having sex with him while Jones watched.
Hebert then allegedly suggested Jones have sex with the woman, to which she refused.
“This case and the verdict demonstrate that the Berkshire County District Attorney’s Office is committed to prosecuting sex crimes and standing with victims,” District Attorney Andrea Harrington said. “Sexual assault victims deserve justice, and the jury delivered that today. The verdict sends a strong message. We will continue to place a high priority on prosecuting these crimes.”
Hebert and Jones are both being held without the right to bail at the Berkshire County House of Corrections, pending sentencing scheduled for February 7.
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