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Shoreline man will go to Western State Hospital

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SEATTLE (AP) - In Seattle a man who has suffered from hallucinations and delusions for years has been acquitted of murder in the killing of his disabled uncle. 30-year-old Daniel Gautier, of Shoreline will now go to a state mental hospital instead of prison. King County prosecutors agreed that Gautier was insane two years ago when he hit Timothy Short. Superior Court Judge Michael Fox found Gautier not guilty of first-degree murder last week. Fox sent him for treatment at Western State Hospital, where he will remain until he is deemed no longer a danger to himself or others. Gautier's lawyer, Mark Adair, says Gautier was "a very, very mentally ill individual" who suffered "a profound psychotic break" at the time of the crime.
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