Insanity plea in stabbing

Insanity plea in stabbing

There are 16 comments on the Evening Sun story from Oct 27, 2010, titled Insanity plea in stabbing. In it, Evening Sun reports that:

The Biglerville man accused of repeatedly stabbing his brother might have his criminal charges dropped after pleading not guilty due to insanity.

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Insane

Hanover, PA

#1 Oct 27, 2010
Ummmm.....Just Wondering, wouldn't all criminals be insane? I guess someone who just attemps to kill another person or does kill someone is normal? this should not even be a plea.
nerak

Boiling Springs, PA

#2 Oct 27, 2010
i think his lawyer would fit nicely with the supreme court.
Michelle

State College, PA

#3 Oct 27, 2010
Insane wrote:
Ummmm.....Just Wondering, wouldn't all criminals be insane? I guess someone who just attemps to kill another person or does kill someone is normal? this should not even be a plea.
No, not all criminals would be considered insane. Insanity is a legal plea, and is fairly hard to prove. What has to be proven is that the defendant could not distinguish between right and wrong while committing the crime. It isn't used very often, as it is difficult to prove. The purpose of this is to ensure that psychiatric help is found for the accused.

Most criminals are fully aware of what they are doing is criminal.
Just saying

Hanover, PA

#4 Oct 27, 2010
Just another case of a mentally unstable person not taking their medication and victims having to pay the price.

It should be a law punishable by jail when the mentally insane do NOT take their meds, because the results of that action does not come out until after the deed is usually done which is when it is too late! I am sick of hearing of this crap happening!
joe the plumber

Covington, GA

#5 Oct 27, 2010
This kid has been messed up on drugs and alcohol for years. I'm sure that's why he's delusion. Isn't that the chance you take when you use illegal drugs?
Duh

Fannettsburg, PA

#6 Oct 27, 2010
Perhaps it is Prosecutor Brian Sinnett who needs to resign due to his own mental illnesses. A real bum who can only plea bargain cases because of his immaturity and inexperience to prosecute a case. Time to go Brian , and take your cousin Shawn too. You ship this punk off to a mental hospital for treatment until he is competent to stand trail . Oops you can't , they're all closing in Pa. Wernersville and Allentown just closed. This case is as bad as the "voluntary 3rd degree manslaughter" case at a Cumberland Township Motel in 1996 that Sinnett prosecuted. A death that was caused by a drunken gang fight and then some untrained Pa. State Trooper doing CPR on an armpit stabbing victim--who never assessed the victim for injuries. And then the Trooper allowed the assailant to leave the scene. That trooper in essence killed the victim by pumping him dry. Perhaps he might have survived. The assailant involved-- Sinnett accepted a fine and probation plea bargain deal . The assailant has since moved to worse criminal acts and in several counties. All thanks to Brian Sinnet .
MJ57Jam

York Springs, PA

#7 Oct 27, 2010
joe the plumber wrote:
This kid has been messed up on drugs and alcohol for years. I'm sure that's why he's delusion. Isn't that the chance you take when you use illegal drugs?
Maybe the reason he has been messed up on drugs & alcohol is because he was trying to self-medicate for his mental illness.
Just saying

Hanover, PA

#8 Oct 27, 2010
So in the end it will be the judges determination whether his defense of insane will or will not be used!

Let me add that his mother and brother are not helping him out...It will be on them when he gets either very little or no time in an institution and gets out and really harms or kills someone the next time! I will blame them!
MJ57Jam

York Springs, PA

#9 Oct 27, 2010
Just saying wrote:
Just another case of a mentally unstable person not taking their medication and victims having to pay the price.
It should be a law punishable by jail when the mentally insane do NOT take their meds, because the results of that action does not come out until after the deed is usually done which is when it is too late! I am sick of hearing of this crap happening!
Okay, I will go along with that if we also make all alcohol consumption illegal because the results of that action does not come out until the result is usually done---which is also when it is too late. What's the difference?
student

Wakefield, RI

#10 Oct 27, 2010
Please help me with my research and take my brief survey on the Insanity Defense! It would help me out so so much and thank you for your time.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GXZ55MM
Sarcastic

Newville, PA

#11 Oct 27, 2010
OMG. Isn't his biological mom in jail right now? For her 2nd DUI? And she is a witness? Colby needs help. But he chose to live with his "mom" who gave into his choices to do what he wanted. Check into his family life. The real mother to him cared enough to take care of him, but his choice made made him go to the path he led. Maybe he should have listened to his "real MOM". My heart is with his family.
Do you really care

Duncannon, PA

#12 Oct 27, 2010
If he remembers hearing the voices then he probably also remembers someone telling him that he had mental health issues that required medication. He is from Adams County and we have free clinic here that would have given him is meds for free. He might have some issues...but he is not mentally insane. Hold his butt accountable, before he's out walking the streets and attacks someone else. This is just unreal! Did his family, friends and classmates ever view him as insane?
friend

Duncannon, PA

#13 Oct 31, 2010
If he would stay off drugs and do what is right he would not be in that situation. His Mother, Robin who is in prison, just got caught smuggling drugs in prison. She is in no way a good example for Colby or Cody. If I was Colby I wouldn't want her there in her orange suit. That would be totally embarassing. What if it happens again?
concern

Duncannon, PA

#14 Nov 15, 2010
His mother who is in jail herself! Whom what kind of witness is that? She has never been there for those boys. If I remember correctly her ex-husbands wife was always there. She was more of a mother than she has or ever will be. She tried her best with them those boys but they kept following in their mother's footsteps. Actually they still are. Heard Colbys' mother is in jail for how many DUI's and then she got caught smuggling drugs in jail. What kind of mother is that? They really need to wake up and realize who has and will always be a mom to them..which is their stepmom which I considered their real mom. ANYBODY that evens knows their natural mother knows she isn't worth 2cents. I have mixed emotions on whether to feel sorry for those boys. They had a chance but took the wrong path, I guess they want to be like their natural mother. Sorry for their decision. Their stepmom is their real mom Hope someday they realize that.
concern

Duncannon, PA

#15 Nov 15, 2010
MJ57Jam wrote:
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Maybe the reason he has been messed up on drugs & alcohol is because he was trying to self-medicate for his mental illness.
Stop making up excuses for him. Face the truth. As soon as people face the truth then they can get the help they really need. His mental illness starts with his mother. Who is worthless! If you knew her u would.
concern

Duncannon, PA

#16 Nov 15, 2010
joe the plumber wrote:
This kid has been messed up on drugs and alcohol for years. I'm sure that's why he's delusion. Isn't that the chance you take when you use illegal drugs?
you must know him. You told the truth.

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