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Man Accused Of Strangling Former Hollywood Teacher Was His Prison Pen Pal

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A suspect in the strangling case of a former Hollywood High School teacher pleaded not guilty to murder charges today in court. Scott Kratlian, 44, was arrested last week for the fatal strangling of 82-year-old Harry Major, who was found dead in his apartment on Feb. 10 in the 1400 block of N. Vista Street. The two had become pen pals while Kratlian was serving jail time in New York County for manslaughter, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. The suspect was released from prison in late 2013 and headed for Los Angeles.

Kratlian is being held on $1.08 million bail and if convicted he faces the maximum sentence of 56 years to life in prison. He is scheduled to be in court on March 17 for a preliminary hearing.

Major was a English teacher at Hollywood High School for 30 years and well-liked by his students, according to NBC Los Angeles and the L.A. Times.

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