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Man awaiting trail must get treatment

on April 17, 2014 10:30 AM

ST. MARYS (AP) — A western Pennsylvania man is going back to a state hospital until he’s competent to stand trial on charges he threatened his mother with a 10-inch kitchen knife because he believed she was trying to “poison” him with pork in violation of his Muslim beliefs.

The Bradford Era reported Joshua Coffey, 26, of St. Marys, has been ordered back to Torrance State Hospital after his attorney told an Elk County judge that Coffey still isn’t mentally competent.

The attorney wanted Coffey to plead guilty last month and be sentenced to time he’s already spent incarcerated since the June 2013 incident, but says Coffey has stopped taking his psychotropic medications.

Police say Coffey’s mother and another man were eating when Coffey claimed he was fed pork “which was against his Muslim religion” and went berserk.

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