Guilty plea in Williston gun case

Published: 3/18/2016 3:17:17 AM


NORTHAMPTON — The husband of a Williston School teacher, who police said put a gun in his mouth and threatened to kill himself in front of his teenage son, pleaded guilty this week to possessing a firearm without an FID card.

The incident occurred after an argument in November, police said.

Gregg Hutchins, 47, who lists his address as 310 Market Hill Road in Amherst, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Northampton District Court to one of eight charges he originally faced and received one year probation as part of a deal made by defense attorney Alfred Chamberland of Easthampton and the Northwestern district attorney’s office.

Hutchins was charged with three counts of carrying a dangerous weapon on school grounds, one count of carrying a dangerous weapon, one count of possession of a firearm without an FID card, one count of possession of ammunition without an FID card, one count of possession of an electronic stun gun and one count of possessing a Class E substance.

The charges for possessing a dangerous weapon on school grounds, possession of a Class E substance and carrying a dangerous weapon were all dropped by the district attorney’s office as part of a plea deal, according to court documents.

Hutchins admitted that there were sufficient facts to find him guilty on the remaining charges of possessing a stun gun and possessing ammunition without an FID card, and those were continued without finding for one year.

Investigators uncovered a handgun, a stun gun and switchblade at Hutchins’ residence in Memorial Hall East on the Williston campus last November after the man’s son told a guidance counselor at Easthampton High School that he was concerned about his family’s, as well as his father’s, safety, according to court documents.

Hutchins’ wife, Beatrice Cody, who was head of the school’s language department, according to Williston’s website, was placed on administrative leave shortly after the incident. Cody told police in November she was unaware Hutchins kept any firearms in the residence, according to court records.

Ann Hallock, a spokeswoman for Williston, could not be reached Thursday to discuss Cody’s employment status at the school.

Hutchins had an FID card that expired in 1999, according to court records, and previously had another that was revoked by Amherst Police in 1996.

As part of his probation, Hutchins may not possess any firearms, stay away from Williston, agree to attend mental health counseling and abstain from alcohol and illegal drug use. He is also not permitted to have any electronic communication with his son.

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