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NH agrees Vt. man was insane during killing

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Catherine "Kitty" Houghton Catherine "Kitty" Houghton

NORTH HAVERHILL, N.H. (AP) - A Vermont man charged with stabbing a stranger to death in the lobby of a New Hampshire hotel last year will plead not guilty by reason of insanity.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Susan Morrell said Tuesday that the state agrees Rodney Hill of West Danville, Vt., was insane on Jan. 28, 2013, when he attacked 70-year-old Catherine Houghton of San Francisco at the Hampton Inn in Littleton, N.H.

Hill told police he believed he was Jesus and that Houghton was the devil or his father out to hurt his family.

If a judge approves the agreement, the 38-year-old Hill will formally enter the plea on June 19. He'll be sent to the secure psychiatric ward at the New Hampshire State Prison and his status will be reviewed every five years.

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