Second man arraigned in connection with Amherst assault, shooting at Mill Valley Estates

  • Mill Valley Estates, building 500 — GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Akieli Brown, 24, of Amherst, was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon – a metal pipe – following an incident on the 500 block of Mill Valley Estates Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, at 12:38 a.m. He is pictured at a dangerousness hearing in Eastern Hampshire District Court Friday, Dec. 22, 2017. —EMILY CUTTS

  • Malek Bosmond, 24, (center) was arraigned on multiple charges Friday in Eastern Hampshire District Court. EMILY CUTTS

Thursday, December 28, 2017

BELCHERTOWN — A second man was arraigned in Eastern Hampshire District Court Dec. 22 in connection with an early morning assault Dec. 20 in Amherst, in which police say a man was shot in the leg and struck in the head by a metal pipe.

Malek Bosmond, 24, of Amherst, was arrested on charges of assault in a dwelling armed with a firearm, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, carrying a dangerous weapon and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building for his alleged role in the incident at the Mill Valley Estates apartment complex, located off East Hadley Road in South Amherst.

Bosmond pleaded not guilty to the charges and will be held in the Hampshire Jail and House of Correction pending a dangerousness hearing Dec. 29. He was represented by attorney Jeremy Bramson for his arraignment.

Akieli Brown, 24, of Amherst, was arrested at the scene Wednesday on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon — a metal pipe. Brown pleaded not guilty to the charges in court Wednesday and was briefly held pending a dangerousness hearing. Following that hearing Friday morning, Judge Jacklyn Connly denied the prosecution’s motion to detain Brown.

He was released on conditions he be under GPS monitoring with exclusion zones of Greenfield, where the alleged victim lives, and the Mill Valley Estates apartment complex. Brown is also not to have contact with and stay away from Bosmond and the alleged victim, identified by police as Charles Simmons.

Police officers responded to the 500 block of Mill Valley Estates Dec. 20 at 12:38 a.m., where a disturbance was reported, and found Simmons injured. He suffered injuries from the gunshot and the pipe that were not considered life-threatening. He was taken by Amherst Fire Department ambulance to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield for treatment.

In court Dec. 22, Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Sarah Pascale described the injury as a “through and through” wound and said Simmons had been treated and released at the hospital.

Brown’s attorney, Katherine Callaghan, told the court that her client suffered injuries as well and that on the night of incident ambulance personnel on scene wanted to take Brown to the hospital because he was bleeding from the back of the head. Callaghan alleged that Simmons struck Brown with a “blunt object.”

Callaghan said Brown has “nothing whatsoever” to do with the gun.

“He wants to be given the chance to show he is not a danger to Mr. Simmons and the community,” Callaghan said in arguing that Brown be released. “He is sorry for what has happened to Mr. Simmons and he regrets that.”

During the hearing, Pascale played a 28-second clip from security footage at the apartment complex which she said shows a part of the altercation. It is unclear what started the incident, Pascale said. The cases will likely be presented to a grand jury for indictment.

Brown has no prior criminal record. His next court date is scheduled for Feb. 1.

The shooting at the Mill Valley Estates apartment complex occurred close to the scene of the October 2016 shooting at nearby Southpoint Apartments, 266 East Hadley Road, that killed Jose “Joselito” Rodriguez and injured another person.

Soknang Chham of New Salem pleaded not guilty in January to murder and numerous other charges in that case. He is awaiting trial.