North Adams man pleads guilty to second-degree murder in slaying of 84-year-old neighbor


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PITTSFIELD, Massachusetts — A North Adams man charged with killing his 84-year-old neighbor has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty.

David Delratez pleaded guilty on Tuesday in Berkshire Superior Court to a second-degree murder charge in the September 2103 death of Ellen DePaoli, making him eligible for parole after 15 years. He had originally been charged with first-degree murder.

Authorities have said the 42-year-old Delratez was a friend of the woman's son and a frequent visitor to her home.

Police say after killing his neighbor, Delratez stole her car and fled to Bennington, Vermont, where he was apprehended several days later.

The Berkshire Eagle ( ) reports that the defendant apologized in court through his lawyer.

Delratez at first denied killing the woman, saying a drug dealer he knew was responsible.

Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle,

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