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March 28, 2013

Burglar gets 3-7 years in prison

Man apologizes for waking up homeowner 'for adrenaline rush'

MARBLEHEAD — A man who broke into a Marblehead woman’s home, then went back moments later and woke her up “for the adrenaline rush,” was sentenced to three to seven years in state prison yesterday.

Sean Raymond Delangis, 23, of Lynn has written an apology letter to the 64-year-old woman, who told a Salem Superior Court judge yesterday that she is still fearful, months after the incident.

“In the moment, it’s terrifying,” said the woman, who said she’s lost her sense of security.

“I still wake up at night,” she told the judge. And she recently obtained a permit to carry pepper spray for protection.

But the woman had also taken a self-defense course before the July 2 incident in her Washington Street home, prosecutor Jean Curran told Judge David Lowy. And that may be why she fought back that night.

Delangis, who said he had fallen off the wagon and started drinking earlier that day, climbed into the woman’s home through a second-floor window. He left with a laptop computer and a radio/CD player, which police later found near the house, along with Delangis’ boots and cellphone.

Then, Curran told the judge, he went back inside.

Delangis tapped on the woman’s shoulder to wake her, then told her that he wasn’t there to take anything, only for the thrill.

The woman grabbed him, and Delangis scrambled, attempting to flee. At one point, he tried to escape through a sliding glass door, which was closed. He left his palm prints on the door.

The woman chased him into the kitchen, where she grabbed a knife.

That’s when Delangis decided to jump through a closed kitchen window. He received numerous cuts from the broken glass.

Meanwhile, police converged on the area. One officer spotted a friend of Delangis and was questioning him when a barefoot and bloodied Delangis ran by.

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