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Middlebury murder suspect has 27 prior convictions

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Steven Brockett appeared in Waterbury court today. He is accused of killing 79 year-old Isidore Ellin of Middlebury.  (WFSB) Steven Brockett appeared in Waterbury court today. He is accused of killing 79 year-old Isidore Ellin of Middlebury. (WFSB)
WATERBURY, CT (WFSB) -

A tenant, who used to work for a Middlebury landlord, is accused of killing him and on Thursday, he went before a judge. 

During his arraignment, Eyewitness News learned that 44-year-old Steven Brockett has 27 convictions including eight prior felony convictions for robbery and assault.  

His most recent arrest comes after police responded to Tower Road in Middlebury on Tuesday morning. They said a neighbor found 79-year-old Isidore Ellin in a pool of blood in his driveway.

Investigators said Brockett hit Ellin on the head with a weapon and robbed him of an unknown amount of cash.

“It was a targeted incident,” Middlebury Police Chief James Viadero previously told Eyewitness News. “It was an isolated incident. It wasn't a random act."

"I was like crying because we knew him so well.  He was like a father figure to me,” Waterbury resident Trudy Porwitsky, who was one of Ellin’s tenants. “You could joke with him.  A wonderful landlord."

Eyewitness News learned that Brockett was one of Ellin’s tenants and even worked for him.

"He used to work for him in the apartment building, fix up apartments, paint, do off jobs, other things for him,” Porwitsky said.

Ellin’s family asked for privacy. In a statement, however, they thanked police for all they did leading up to the quick arrest.

Brockett was charged with murder, robbery and assault on an elderly person.

During Brockett's appearance in Waterbury Superior Court, his bail was set at $750,000. His next court appearance is Dec. 3.

Outside of court, Brad Hassinger, whose girlfriend is one of Ellin's tenants, told Eyewitness News he will be missed.

"Very soft spoken, well mannered, likable guy.  Anytime my girlfriend made a call with any type of problem, he was there before you hung the phone up, make the trip from Middlebury,” Hassinger said. “Couldn't ask for a better landlord."

While police are not releasing a motive, tenants who knew the two including Brockett's roommate believe this was about money. 

The arrest warrants have been sealed for 14 days.  

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