- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Hartford man charged with stealing a car and driving into a group of people at a cemetery has been found not guilty by reason of mental disease.

The Hartford Courant reports (https://cour.at/1o5i0t7 ) 19-year-old Frederick Sowell was convicted Tuesday of third-degree robbery, first-degree reckless endangerment and other charges for the Sept. 28, 2014 incident.

His attorney argued that Sowell was suffering from a mental disease or defect at the time of the offense and wasn’t responsible for his conduct.

Police said Sowell stole a vehicle occupied by a woman at the Bloomfield cemetery and drove toward a group of people. They said he ended up striking a 10-year-old girl after turning at the last moment.

Sowell is at a state psychiatric hospital. He’s due back in court April 7.


Information from: Hartford Courant, https://www.courant.com

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