Pasiecnik charged with assault on farm

WHATELY — The Whately potato farmer seeking a state license to run a medical marijuana dispensary in Deerfield is being charged with assault and battery and witness intimidation.

James Pasiecnik, 59, of 207 River Road is scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 19 at 8:30 a.m. in Greenfield District Court in response to a summons issued by the Whately Police.

On Nov. 15, Pasiecnik allegedly assaulted Michael Gochinski, 37, of 10 Pond St., Greenfield, over $200 by shaking him back and forth. Gochinski claims he suffered a pulled muscle and whiplash from the alleged assault and is currently out of work due to the injury and is on medication.

According to the Whately Police report, Gochinski said he had been looking for Pasiecnik at his farm on River Road to collect money the farmer owed him. When Gochinski approached Pasiecnik, the report says Pasiecnik grabbed hold of his chest area and began shaking him back and forth.

Police say that in a transcribed cell phone video from the altercation, Pasiecnik can be heard shouting expletives at Gochinski and threatening him. Pasiecnik asked the victim if he “wanted to go at it.”

Later, Pasiecnik called Gochinski’s cell phone while Gochinski was at the Whately Police Department, and Gochinski put his phone on speaker for police to hear.

Pasiecnik threatened that he and “Junior are going to come after you and get you,” according to the report.

Pasiecnik’s nonprofit group, J.M. Farm’s Patient Group, is seeking to open a medical marijuana dispensary and grow center at a site off 10 Greenfield Road in South Deerfield.

Pasiecnik is one of 100 Phase 2 applicants statewide whose criminal backgrounds will be checked as part of the final part of the application process, which is expected to be finished by January 2014.

According to the state regulations, “any criminal action under the laws of the commonwealth, or another state, the United States, or a military, territorial, or Indian tribal authority, whether for a felony or misdemeanor, against any of the executives of the applicant, or of the members of the nonprofit corporation ... and which resulted in conviction, or guilty plea, or plea of nolo contendere, or admission of sufficient facts” would be considered.

You can reach Kathleen McKiernan at: or 413-772-0261 ext. 268.

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