Fatal crash driver sentenced to home confinement
By Brent Curtis
STAFF WRITER | November 08,2012
A Fair Haven man who went to jail for causing a crash that killed a Poultney pedestrian in 2007 will serve six months of home confinement at a Poultney residence after he was found driving the truck involved in the fatal crash.
Brent V. Poczobut, 27, was sentenced to two years in jail in 2008 after he pleaded guilty to charges of leaving the scene of a fatal crash and grossly negligent operation of a motor vehicle in a fatal crash.
In 2007, Poczobut struck and killed 74-year-old Paul Delorenzi who was taking his morning walk across the Thrall Road Bridge in East Poultney.
Poczobut was released from jail in 2010 and place on probation, which included a requirement that he not operate a motor vehicle for two years after his release.
But in July, a Rutland County Sheriff’s Department corporal said he caught the Fair Haven man violating his probation when he stopped him driving his 2006 Toyota Tacoma — the same vehicle involved in the fatal crash — in the parking lot of the Diamond Run Mall in Rutland Town.
The officer said he stopped Poczobut on July 22 after noticing that the registration on the truck had expired.
Poczobut initially denied violating his probation but changed his plea last month in exchange for a plea deal from the prosecution.
During a sentencing hearing in Rutland criminal court on Thursday, Rutland County State’s Attorney Marc Brierre said Poczobut’s violation wasn’t being taken lightly.
“Certainly it’s only a motor vehicle offense with no injury but the seriousness of the underlying offense is a factor,” he said.
Poczobut did not offer a statement when invited to by Judge Theresa DiMauro.
The six-month home confinement was ordered to begin on Thursday. The terms of that confinement require Poczobut not to leave 420 Old Lake Road in Poultney for any reason except for medical reasons.
For the rest of his probation, which runs through 2023, Poczobut cannot drive without written permission from his parole officer.