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Pittsfield man gets 6 months for ice pick attack

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- A Pittsfield man who stabbed his nephew with an ice pick during a drunken brawl has been sentenced to six months in jail.

Frank Messer was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. A charge of assault to murder was dismissed by the prosecution.

Authorities say the 54-year-old Messer got into a fight with his 24-year-old relative on Feb. 13. The Berkshire Eagle reports that after other family members separated the men, Messer grabbed an old-fashioned ice pick with a wooden handle and stabbed his nephew in the forearm and back.

Messer's attorney said his client had no memory of the incident because he was so drunk.

The nephew was not charged.
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Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, http://www.berkshireeagle.com