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Vt. armed standoff suspect asks to plead insanity

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NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) - A man armed with a rifle on his roof who was charged with reckless endangerment has filed several motions from jail, including one in which he asks to plead not guilty by reason of temporary insanity.

Derick Niles has filed six motions since he was arrested in Newport on Sept. 25. He has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct.

The Caledonian Record reports Judge Howard VanBenthuysen will consider the motions in conjunction with pending evaluations to determine Niles's competency.

Among the motions, the 36-year-old Niles asks the court to modify his conditions of release and allow him to be released on his personal recognizance so that he can mount an appropriate defense.

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