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Judge sends man charged in YSU cop assault for psych evaluation

Published: Wed, December 28, 2011 @ 4:20 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — A 33-year-old West Side man accused of dragging a Youngstown State University police officer with his car and assaulting the officer will have a psychological evaluation to determine if he is competent to stand trial.

The competency evaluation was ordered today by visiting Judge Diane Vettori in Youngstown Municipal Court

Seth McDaniel, of South Hazelwood Avenue, will remain in Mahoning County jail on $700,000 bond on the two felony and two misdemeanor charges against him.

McDaniel will be back in Youngstown Municipal Court on Feb. 29.


1doowoptokidrock(325 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

You have got to be kidding me. This guy deserves prison and nothing less.

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2YtownParent(556 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

We pay for it, but it is the cheaper way out in the long run and generally standard procedure to eliminate the higher cost of fighting his appeal later on. Obviously, anyone who assaults an officer isn't right in the head, but having a mental issues and being competent enough to stand trial are two different things.

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3NoBS(2311 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Here we go, another thug getting away with it via the "innocent by reason of insanity" plea. First off, it should be worded "GUILTY by reason of insanity." The plea means yes, they did what they're accused of, but they're nuts.

Of course this guy is crazy - normal people don't attack and try to kill police officers, don't grab armed people by the shirt and drive away dragging them, and don't ram their car into other vehicles with their two babies strapped into car seats in the back seat.

Here's what will happen now: McDaniel will be found not competent to stand trial, and he'll spend 5 or maybe 10 years with a social worker holding his hand. He'll eventually figure out what words he has to say to the social worker for them to pronounce him 'cured' and he'll be back out on the streets.

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4Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

What gets me is that he knew exactly what he was doing during the incident. Just like the others that plead insanity, at the time of the crime they know what they are doing but when they get caught they play dumb. Go figure.

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