Man not guilty by reason of insanity

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David Richard Jones, 41, of Britton was found not guilty by reason of insanity in Lenawee County Circuit Court for setting a fire in a house on M-50 in Ridgeway Township and then scuffling with police at the scene. Judge Timothy P. Pickard ordered Jones to report immediately to the Michigan Department of Community Health’s Center for Forensic Psychiatry in Ann Arbor.

After the Feb. 22 incident, Jones was free on bond upon his admittance to a hospital for treatment of a diagnosed mental health condition. The prosecutor’s office agreed with Jones’ attorney that treatment and medication have made a difference for Jones.

During the non-jury trial, Pickard reviewed police reports as well as the evaluation of Jones by a state psychologist.

Jones faced charges of felonious assault and three counts of assaulting, resisting and obstructing police at the scene. Other charges included two felony counts of malicious destruction, and an arson charge after he damaged the home’s furnace and broke windows in the home and a vehicle and started a fire that damaged carpet and a chair. Damages included an estimated $13,636 to the house and $506 to the van.

At the time of the incident, Jones told police he believed a machine located in the home was harming his son. The finding of the state psychologist was that Jones suffered from a serious disorder and was not able to understand events and control his behavior.

An evaluation at the Center for Forensic Psychiatry will determine within 60 days whether Jones requires confinement for further treatment.




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