NORTH ADAMS -- The North Adams man accused of stabbing and beating his elderly neighbor to death in her home last month was sentenced to one year in jail Friday for violating his probation.
David Delratez, 41, was found in violation of his probation by Judge Paul Vrabel at a hearing in Northern Berkshire District Court. Delratez was sentenced to one year in Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction.
The court cited pending charges of murder and larceny of a motor vehicle against Delratez in its finding.
Delratez is accused of murdering 84-year-old Ellen DePaoli in her Walker Street home Sept. 17. He then allegedly fled in DePaoli's car. Delratez was arrested in Bennington, Vt. on Sept. 19 on a warrant issued for violating the conditions of his parole.
He pleaded not guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on Wednesday to charges of first-degree murder and larceny of a motor vehicle. A pretrial hearing in the case is scheduled for April 30. He also pleaded not guilty to unrelated charges of breaking and entering for a misdemeanor, malicious destruction of property under $250 and use of a motor vehicle without authority. Police say Delratez broke into his ex-wife's Walker Street home and used her car without permission on Sept. 13.
In May 2012 Delratez was convicted on charges of assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and threatening to commit a crime.
Delratez was placed on probation until 2015 and sentenced to 18 months in jail after admitting to sufficient facts on the assault and battery charge, with a 113-day credit for time already served. He was released earlier this year.
The court also found that Delratez left the commonwealth without permission and missed a Sept. 19 probation office visit.
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