A federal judge ruled on Tuesday the Granger man charged with threatening U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly and his South Bend office staff unfit to stand trial.
Brett Keiling, 46, was arrested Jan. 24 after he called Donnelly’s downtown office and allegedly threatened a staff member over the phone.
"The conclusion of the report is that Mr. Keiling is not now competent to stand trial," Neuchterlein said. "He could become competent if he would consent to take medication."
The psychiatric examination was conducted by Dr. Christina Scronce at the Metropolital Correction Center in Chicago. Scronce was not present at the hearing, but her report showed she did not feel Keiling would voluntarily take medication for his mental illness.
Keiling will be hospitalized for treatment for four months until another review is conducted. His mother, Daralyn Keiling, attended the hearing.
"Mom, I love you. It’s not looking good," Keiling said to his mother before the hearing. "I’ll see you Saturday. Maybe you’ll come see me Saturday."
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