Vt. inmate accused of threatening Gov. competent
Posted at: 03/13/2013 8:50 AM
| Updated at: 03/13/2013 8:52 AM
RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont prison inmate accused of sending threatening letters to Gov. Peter Shumlin has been found competent to stand trial.
The Burlington Free Press
reports during a competency hearing Tuesday, Federal Judge Christina Reiss in Rutland cited a new psychiatric evaluation by doctors of 22-year-old Dakota Gardner.
Lawyers did not contest the findings. Public Defender David McColgin had asked for the evaluation, saying Gardner had a long history of psychiatric illness.
Last year, state police said they were notified of a threatening letter that had been sent to Shumlin's office from an inmate at the Springfield prison.
They said Gardner threatened violence against Shumlin and his family while he was in prison after a 2009 arrest in Brattleboro for aggravated assault.
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