Jason Swift of Agawam sentenced to year of probation for Huntington house break

Friday, April 18, 2014
NORTHAMPTON — An Agawam man was sentenced to one year of probation Thursday after pleading guilty to felony breaking and entering and larceny charges.

Jason Swift, 29, pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court before Judge John A. Agostini to charges of felony breaking and entering in the daytime, larceny under $250 from a person over 60 or disabled and larceny of a drug.

Swift admitted he broke into a home on Worthington Road in Huntington between July 14 and 16, 2013, by smashing a window and opening the door from outside.

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Once inside, he took a voice-activated tape recorder and two oxycodone tablets before fleeing.

The victim was not home at the time, according to Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Jayme Parent, who prosecuted the case.

Swift was identified by comparing fingerprints collected at the scene against a criminal database where his prints were already stored from a prior offense, Parent said. When police found Swift, he was carrying the pills reported stolen and placed under arrest.

Parent said the tape recorder was never recovered.

While on probation, Swift must avoid drugs and alcohol and submit to random screenings, attend any substance abuse counseling ordered by probation and stay away from and have no contact with the victim. He was represented by attorney Lisa Lippiello of Northampton.

Bob Dunn can be reached at bdunn@gazettenet.com.