A judge has affirmed the release of Evan Rapoza to a lower security mental health facility. But the state may still be sanctioned for placing him there before the judge gave her okay.
Evan Rapoza was arrested two years ago for allegedly bashing a furnace repairman over the head with a wrench and trying to drown him in a bucket. Doctors say he was insane at the time, so he won't stand trial. Instead he was placed in a locked mental health facility. Last month, lawyers for the prosecution and defense asked the judge to move Rapoza to the less secure Meadow View Recovery Residence for continued treatment. But it turns out he had already been moved weeks before the court hearing.
Judge Mary Teachout has now issued a ruling okaying Rapoza's new home. But she will hold another hearing Tuesday on whether to sanction the Department of Mental Health for moving Rapoza without permission.