His nonjury trial is scheduled for Monday, July 13, 2015, in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati.
Michael Hoyt has pleaded not guilty to a charge of threatening to kill a government official.
CINCINNATI (AP) – A former Cincinnati-area bartender who said he believed House Speaker John Boehner was the devil was found not guilty by reason of insanity Monday of threatening to kill the Republican lawmaker.
After a bench trial, Federal Judge Timothy Black agreed with evaluation’s findings and found Hoyt not guilty.
The judge read from court documents Monday saying Hoyt, of the Cincinnati suburb of Deer Park, had a history of mental illness since he was struck on the head in 2012. But Hoyt’s attorneys have said they plan to argue he was insane at the time of the alleged offense.
The charge carried a 10-year prison sentence.
Members of the Wetherington Golf & Country Club told this newspaper in January that Hoyt was a “wonderful” and “charming guy” but after suffering a concussion during a mugging a couple of years ago, they started to notice minor changes in his demeanor.
“Hoyt told the officer he was Jesus Christ and he was going to kill Boehner because Boehner was mean to him at the country club and because Boehner is responsible for Ebola”, United States Capitol Police (USCP) Special Agent Christopher M. Desrosiers said.
Hoyt will now undergo evaluation at a federal facility before a hearing on August 21 to determine if he can be released. During investigations he said that he regretted “he did not have time to put something in John Boehner’s drink”.
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