Former Hadley officer gets prison for armed robbery

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Thursday, February 08, 2018

SPRINGFIELD — A former Hadley police officer has been sentenced to 3½ years in prison for armed robbery.

Adam Bartlett, 39, was sentenced for his role in the Sept. 12, 2015, robbery of a Rite Aid in Chicopee. He was found guilty following a jury trial in Hampden Superior Court.

Following the robbery, in which Bartlett told the clerk he was armed and demanded oxycodone pills, state police were called and pursued Bartlett and his wife, Rebecca, down the Massachusetts Turnpike for 75 miles. The couple was apprehended in the Framingham area.

No opioids were given to the Bartletts in the robbery. Instead, they were given three bottles of pills, each of which contained a tracking device.

“Mr. Bartlett’s crimes were motivated by addiction and he has since made efforts toward recovery, for which I commend him,” Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni said in a statement.

Bartlett was found guilty of armed robbery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, among other charges. He was sentenced to 3½ years, minus time served, and will serve what the district attorney’s office characterized as a “lengthy probation term” following his imprisonment. Prosecutors had asked for a 5-to-7-year prison sentence followed by 3 years probation for Bartlett.

Rebecca Bartlett pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 2½ years in prison in November.

Bartlett resigned from the Hadley Police Department for personal reasons in 2013. He was appointed as a special police officer in 2005, a position that is not unionized and has no benefits, while retaining all the powers of a police officer. At the time of his appointment, Bartlett worked as an auxiliary police officer in Westfield.