A 41-year-old man who served time in prison for his role in the 1992 death of an elderly Warren man was arrested again this week.

Earl Nash of Rockland was arrested on a probation hold on a claim by his probation officer that the defendant violated terms of his probation. According to paperwork filed in Knox County Superior Court, Nash was found in unlawful possession of suboxone, tested positive for opiates, and possessed a pellet gun and a 12-inch hunting knife.

Nash’s probation prohibited him from further criminal activity and from possessing weapons.

Nash was ordered held without bail during a hearing May 20 in Knox County Superior Court.

Nash was sentenced in 1996 to 20 years in prison with all but 16 years and 274 days suspended for felony murder. Nash was convicted of breaking into the home of 79-year-old Carroll Howard of Warren on April 4, 1992, along with two other men.

The three men were looking for cash, according to testimony during court hearings back in 1996. They assaulted Howard and then stole some items, including the telephone so that he could not immediately call police.

Howard bled to death on the floor of his home.

The case was not immediately considered a homicide until a witness came forward to say that one of the men had admitted to the crime. Nash and the two other men were arrested in January 1995.