Judge says man in standoff was insane

  • Thu Aug 16th, 2012 4:23pm
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Associated Press

KENNEWICK — A Benton County Superior Court judge found Ronald Joseph Vailencour, 48, not guilty by reason of insanity to charges resulting from a January standoff in which he threatened to kill police.

Judge Cameron Mitchell also found Tuesday that Vailencour is a substantial danger to others and sent him to Eastern State Hospital.

The Tri-City Herald reports he could be held at the hospital or under less restrictive monitoring for up to 10 years.

Vailencour has a history of mental illness and drug use. He was charged with felony harassment and also faced burglary and malicious mischief chargers after breaking into his ex-wife’s apartment.