The man who dragged Maple Ridge gas station attendant Grant De Patie to his death in 2005 was sent back to Matsqui prison yesterday for violating his parole.

Darnell Pratt, 21, was returned behind bars until November 2011 for walking away from his Kamloops halfway house in June, only two days after his statutory release.

Pratt was convicted of manslaughter for dragging De Patie under his car after the 24-year-old tried to stop him from driving off without paying for gas.