Man found not guilty due to insanity

A Tiffin man who was accused of threatening a judge was found not guilty by reason of insanity during a hearing in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff’s courtroom Tuesday afternoon.

Kenneth R. Terry, 62, had been indicted by a Seneca County grand jury on charges of retaliation, a third-degree felony, and telecommunications harassment, a first-degree misdemeanor.

A person from Veterans Administration reported to Tiffin Police Department that a person had threatened a judge, a police report states.

Terry allegedly made a comment about shooting at the home of Judge Jay Meyer of Seneca County Juvenile and Probate Court, a Seneca County Sheriff’s Office report states.

Terry had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to both charges and underwent a psychological evaluation.

He was found competent to stand trial, but the doctor found he had a severe mental disease at the time of the acts that were charged. The doctor found Terry was incapable of understanding the wrongfulness of his behavior, Shuff said.

The charge of telecommunications harassment was dismissed at the request of Angela Boes, assistant Seneca County prosecutor, Tuesday.

Shuff found Terry not guilty to by reason of insanity on the retaliation charge.

Shuff committed him to Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital in Toledo to be evaluated for the least-restrictive placement alternative.

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