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- Recent Northampton High School graduate Jake Bridgman makes directorial debut at the Academy of Music with movie ‘The Cards’
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GazetteRebecca: If Aug 13 Judge Josephson decides on a sentence more than the recommendation, then Ainsworth is allowed to withdraw his plea and go to trial
GazetteRebecca: They'll do the report and present it Aug 13 at 11 am - sentencing will continue then
GazetteRebecca: Judge Josephson says she needs more info on Ainsworth background, probation will do report - so no sentence for now
GazetteRebecca: Judge says Ainsworth is not allowed to address the family, and written statement is entirely to them so not allowed to present it
GazetteRebecca: Attorney Rubin said his client used other drugs and alcohol earlier,had injury, prescribed painkillers, "not enough" so started using heroin
GazetteRebecca: Ainsworth's attorney is speaking now. Says his client is remorseful and wants to read an apology.
GazetteRebecca: Iris recalls worrying why Brittany and Ed didn't answer their phones, then she saw two officers at the door. "I can't describe the horror"
GazetteRebecca: Iris McGrath said married to ex-husband Ed for 13 years. "He would have moved the ends of the earth to protect them at anytime"
GazetteRebecca: Chelsea spoke for about 25 minutes. Court recessed. Family and friends of Ed and Brittany McGrath wearing purple ribbons today
GazetteRebecca: Chelsea says she can't stop picturing their last moments. Of Ainsworth: "this world would be a better place if that man was never born."
GazetteRebecca: Now Chelsea Ainsworth addressing judge. Said that because Ainsworth got high and drove "I lost half my family."
GazetteRebecca: Juan Reinoso "I do not believe James Walter Ainsworth deserves anything else than to die in prison"
GazetteRebecca: Brittany's partner, Juan, spoke for 40min about losing the love of his life. "Ainsworth not only committed murder, he drove us into madness"
DAN LITTLE Jake Bridgman, recently graduated from Northampton High School, works on his senior capstone film, "The Cards," at the NCTV station in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »
CAROL LOLLIS Dewey Hathaway,8, jumps between cars on the new train play structure at Westhampton Elementary School. Purchase photo reprints »
GREG SAULMON Justin A. King reacts in Hampshire Superior Court Monday as he is sentenced to eight to 12 years in state prison for his role in the 2012 rape of a former University of Massachusetts Amherst student in her dorm room. Purchase photo reprints »
DAN LITTLE Josephine Sarnelli, left, and Jeff Lander perform Victorian era dances on the front lawn of the Amherst Historical Museum Saturday with the Small Planet Dancers performance group in Amherst. Purchase photo reprints »
KEVIN GUTTING Mark Strszko of Northampton trims a year's worth of new growth from the top of a euonymus alatus, or burning bush, on Pomeroy Terrace in Northampton for a client on Wednesday. Purchase photo reprints »
CAROL LOLLIS Quincy Biddle finishes her last lap of a walking program at Jackson Street School where she completed over 100 miles. Behind her is Lizzie Broduer. Purchase photo reprints »
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