Man found not guilty, committed to psychiatric hospital

A Tiffin man who was charged last year with attempted murder and felonious assault for attacking three fellow group home residents and a worker with a candlestick holder was found not guilty by reason of insanity last week.

A court spokeswoman from Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley’s courtroom said Jack R. Berry, 33, was committed to the Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital following the findings of not guilty by reason of insanity to two counts of attempted murder and four counts of felonious assault Thursday.

The spokeswoman said Berry was committed to the facility for the maximum of the most serious offense. In this case, it is 11 years, she said.

Berry, who had previously been found incompetent to stand trial and was treated at a psychiatric facility in Columbus, was arrested in June 2012 at an adult group home on Wentz Street after he attacked a female worker and three residents with a wrought iron candlestick holder. Two of the victims’ injuries were so serious they had to be taken by Life Flight to a Toledo hospital.