Maine Supreme Judicial Court denies release of Riverview patient shot by officer

May 15th, 2018 by admin Leave a reply »

AUGUSTA — A Riverview Psychiatric Center patient who was shot by police two years ago when he stabbed himself with a knife and threatened others has lost his latest bid to be released.

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday issued a ruling affirming a judgment from superior court that denied Jason Begin’s petition to be released and discharged from the custody of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. The ruling follows a separate supreme court ruling last year that also struck down his bid to be released.

Jason Begin

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Earlier this year, Begin, 39, did win a judge’s permission to begin the process of moving from the state hospital for the mentally ill to a supervised apartment or group home in the community. He remains a Riverview outpatient while living under the supervised conditions.

Separately, Begin also is suing the Augusta police officer who shot him in a federal civil case.

Begin was placed in the custody of the commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services in 2004 after being found not criminally responsible for theft of an airplane and violating conditions of release.

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