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Bail cut for UMass rape suspect Adam Liccardi

  • Adam Liccardi, center, is taken from the courtroom after his bail hearing Monday at Hampshire County Courthouse.

    Adam Liccardi, center, is taken from the courtroom after his bail hearing Monday at Hampshire County Courthouse. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Adam Liccardi listens during a bail hearing for him Monday at Hampshire County Courthouse.

    Adam Liccardi listens during a bail hearing for him Monday at Hampshire County Courthouse. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Adam Liccardi, left, is taken from the courtroom after his bail hearing Monday at Hampshire County Courthouse.

    Adam Liccardi, left, is taken from the courtroom after his bail hearing Monday at Hampshire County Courthouse. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Adam Liccardi, left, is taken from the courtroom after his bail hearing Monday at Hampshire County Courthouse.

    Adam Liccardi, left, is taken from the courtroom after his bail hearing Monday at Hampshire County Courthouse. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Adam Liccardi, center, is taken from the courtroom after his bail hearing Monday at Hampshire County Courthouse.
  • Adam Liccardi listens during a bail hearing for him Monday at Hampshire County Courthouse.
  • Adam Liccardi, left, is taken from the courtroom after his bail hearing Monday at Hampshire County Courthouse.
  • Adam Liccardi, left, is taken from the courtroom after his bail hearing Monday at Hampshire County Courthouse.

Liccardi is one of four Pittsfield teenagers accused of raping a UMass freshman in her dorm last month.

Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Jennifer Suhl, who is prosecuting all four cases, said Monday in Hampshire Superior Court that the family wished to have their objection to the reduction noted for the record, though she did not offer specific reasons for it. They did not speak in court Monday.

Liccardi, Justin King, Emmanuel Bile, all 18, and Caleb Womack, 17, all face three counts of rape from the alleged assault on Oct. 13.

Liccardi faces a fourth count for allegedly continuing to rape the victim after the other three suspects left her room.

Liccardi’s attorney, Alfred Chamberland of Easthampton, told Judge Mary-Lou Rup if his client posted bail, he would abide by the conditions of release established at the suspects’ arraignments in Eastern Hampshire District Court last month.

Those conditions include staying away from the alleged victim and two specific witnesses, GPS monitoring, remaining in Massachusetts, submitting to drug and alcohol screenings, staying out of the towns of Amherst, Great Barrington and New Marlborough, reporting at least twice a week to probation and observe a curfew.

Chamberland asked Rup to consider extending the curfew of 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. to accommodate Liccardi’s work schedule.

Chamberland said Liccardi was employed at a pizzeria in Lee when he was arrested. If he is able to keep his job there, his work schedule would likely keep him beyond 8 p.m.

Rup allowed for an extension for work purposes on specific days and times if needed.

Liccardi will continue to be monitored by GPS 24 hours a day if released and will report to probation in the Berkshire County court system, which is closer to Liccardi’s home, where he will remain under the supervision of his parents, Chamberland said.

Rup told Liccardi that a violation of any of his release conditions would likely mean being held without bail until the case is resolved.

Liccardi is the second defendant to have his bail reduced in the case.

Bile had his bail reduced from $10,000 to $3,500 following a hearing on Oct. 30. Womack asked for a reduction in Hampshire Superior Court on Oct. 26, but was denied.

Judge Daniel A. Ford determined that because Womack’s family was in the process of moving to Connecticut when he was arrested, probation would have a more difficult time monitoring him, and considering the severity of the charges and potential penalties, was enough of a flight risk to warrant leaving the $10,000 in place.

King, the fourth suspect, posted his $10,000 bail, according to Chamberland.

Suhl previously said in court that if the case proceeds to the grand jury as expected, the charges against the four will elevate from rape to aggravated rape, which increases the potential penalties from a maximum of 20 years in prison to possible life sentences.

Attorneys for Womack and Bile said in court the question of consent would be an element of their defense.

All four suspects are due in Eastern Hampshire District Court on Dec. 10 for pre-trial hearings.

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