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Man Sentenced for Berkshire Co. Carjacking

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Virginia man authorities say went on a multistate crime spree, partying with college students along the way, and bragging about his exploits on social media, has been sentenced to up to six years in prison in Massachusetts.

The Berkshire Eagle reports that Michael Tarpeh was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to charges in connection with a February 2013 carjacking at a service plaza on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Lee.

Prosecutors say the 24-year-old Tarpeh, of Stafford, Virginia, threatened the victim, punched him, and stole his car keys and $150 in cash.

Police caught Tarpeh in Iowa the following month. He is currently serving time in West Virginia. He was also accused of committing crimes in Connecticut and New York.

Tarpeh tweeted about his adventures under the handle “BiggggggMike.”


Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, http://www.berkshireeagle.com

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