Judge revokes conditional release for Phillip Paul - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Judge revokes conditional release for Phillip Paul

YAKIMA, Wash. - A Yakima County Superior Court judge Friday revoked the conditional release for a mental patient who escaped while on a field trip to the Spokane County Fair in September.

Judge Michael Schwab ruled Friday that Phillip Paul should remain at Eastern State Hospital in Medical Lake, citing his potential to become dangerous if he doesn't take his medication.

Schwab says that because Paul doesn't acknowledge his illness, he's not likely to stay medicated. Paul was committed to the hospital near Spokane after being found not guilty by reason of insanity in the 1987 death of an elderly Yakima Valley woman.

He was captured nearly four days after walking away from Eastern State Hospital staff while on the outing to the Spokane County Interstate Fair. That incident sparked a state review of policies for dealing with the criminally insane.

 

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