Petrucelly Committed To Riverview

3:22 PM, Jul 20, 2009   |    comments
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ROCKLAND (NEWS CENTER) -- The man who stabbed his brother to death on North Haven island last summer has been found not criminally responsible for that death, because of mental illness.

Enoch Petrucelly, 24, of Palmyra was in court on Friday, where the judge accepted the plea, which had been agreed upon by both state prosecutors and Petrucelly's lawyer.

Assistant Attorney General Bill Stokes says Petrucelly had a history of mental illness, and that both psychiatric and psychological examinations showed the man was suffering from delusions at the time of the killing.

Petrucelly and his brother, Michael, were visiting friends on North Haven last summer. The Attorney General's office says Enoch Petrucelly had an imaginary relationship with a woman on the island, and delusions that his brother was threatening to kill him.

Petrucelly was committed to the Riverview Psychiatric Hospital for an indefinite period of time. He will remain in state custody unless a court rules in the future that he can be released.



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