For Immediate Release - November 28, 2014

Derek M. Covotta Plea

District Attorney Michael O'Keefe announced today that on November 25, 2014, Derek M. Covotta (DOB: 09/26/1974) was sentenced in Barnstable Superior Court after pleading guilty to Breaking and Entering, Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon and Assault and Battery.      

Superior Court Judge Robert C. Rufo sentenced Covotta to a total of ten years in State Prison.  Judge Rufo sentenced Covotta to five years and five years and one day committed in State Prison on the Breaking and Entering charge followed by five years to five years and one day in State Prison on the Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon charge and two years committed in the Barnstable House of Correction on the Assault and Battery charge concurrent. 

The charges stem from a residential breaking and entering that occurred in Centerville, Massachusetts.  On April 8, 2014, at approximately 11:30 AM, Covotta broke into a residence located on Skunknet Drive.  Once inside, Covotta punched and beat an occupant of the residence with a wooden bat.  After beating the occupant, Covotta fled the residence.  After responding to the scene, the police located Covotta in the neighborhood of the residence.  Covotta was returned to the scene of the crime where four civilian witnesses identified Covotta as the assailant. 

The case was investigated by the Barnstable Police Department, the Bureau of Criminal Investigations of the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Department and the Massachusetts State Police Crime Lab. 

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Edward F.X. Lynch.