Clinton man who tried to shoot police officer remains in jail despite mental problems

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Frank Schultz
Friday, January 17, 2014

JANESVILLE—A man with mental problems who admitted trying to shoot a Clinton police officer will have to spend the next 26 days in jail, even though experts recommended he be treated as an outpatient in the community.

Terrance P. Robinson, 59, of 703 Carol Street Apt. K, Clinton, wrestled away a Clinton police officer's sidearm during a struggle May 16 and used it to try and shoot the officer.

Prosecutors charged Robinson with attempted first-degree murder, disarming a police officer and battery to an officer.

Judge James Daley found him not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect on the homicide charge Dec. 19. The other charges were dismissed but read into the record.

Robinson initially was held at Mendota Mental Health Center but has been in the Rock County Jail since Aug. 5.

The jail is not an “appropriate” place for him because of his mental problems, District Attorney David O'Leary told Daley at a hearing Friday, when Daley was supposed to sentence Robinson.

A presentence report by Lutheran Social Services recommended outpatient treatment, but it offered no plan of treatment and placement for Robinson, O'Leary said, and without that plan, the court could not decide where Robinson should be housed.

Daley agreed.

Melana Weisshoff of Lutheran Social Services, which performs such evaluations for the state Department of Health Services, told Daley that 30 days are typically taken to produce a treatment plan.

Daley asked Weisshoff if she could get it done by Feb. 12, and she said she would try or ask for another continuance.

Robinson's sentencing was rescheduled to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12.

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