Man who assaulted disabled man in Plymouth sentenced to six months in prison

Published on Tuesday, 9 May 2017 20:49


PLYMOUTH - A Torrington man was sentenced to six months in prison on Tuesday after breaking into a Plymouth apartment and assaulting a man who has a prosthetic leg.

During a hearing in Bristol Superior Court, Joel Deprey, 24, pleaded guilty to second-degree failure to appear and two counts of second-degree violation of conditions of release.

In exchange for the pleas, a number of charges, including third-degree assault of a disabled person, first-degree burglary and second-degree breach of peace, were dropped. Deprey was sentenced to six months in prison and three years’ probation.

Deprey, according to the arrest warrant, broke into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment on Sept. 25, around 2 a.m., through a bathroom window. The woman’s then-boyfriend, a 37-year-old man with one leg, told police Deprey punched him several times in the head while he was in bed. He said his prosthetic leg was next to him on the bed, making it clearly visible that he had a disability.

The man also told police he saw Deprey push his ex, causing her to fall backwards and into the closet door. Once she got back up, according to the warrant, Deprey pushed her outside of the bedroom and left the apartment unit.

Police searched the area after the incident but could not locate Deprey. He was arrested the next week and later released.

Then on Nov. 27, police were called to the apartment in connection with an unrelated complaint. While investigating, officers found that Deprey had had contact with his ex, which was barred because of a protective order that was put in place. This was also a violation of his conditions of release in his previous arrest.

Deprey, court documents said, later failed to appear in court in March.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at

Posted in The Bristol Press, General News, Plymouth on Tuesday, 9 May 2017 20:49. Updated: Tuesday, 9 May 2017 20:51.