Christopher Plaskon's Attorneys Considering Insanity Defense

Milford teen accused of murdering Law student

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The attorneys representing Christopher Plaskon, 16, who is accused of fatally stabbing Jonathan Law Junior Class President Maren Sanchez, 16, at the school in April, are contemplating an insanity defense, the Hartford Courant reports. 

Attorney Richard T. Meehan said they’ve chosen three judges to decide Plaskon’s fate because they are more likely to be objective when deciding a case where mental health issues are debated, the Courant reports. 

"I'm a firm believer that juries have a very difficult time with issues pertaining to mental health and the criminal justice system," Meehan said after Wednesday's hearing, according to the Hartford Courant. 

Plaskon is no longer on suicide watch, the paper reports. Plaskon on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to a murder charge in Superior Court, Milford. 

The New Haven Register’s Phyllis Swebilius tweeted that Plaskon’s attorney said his client is on medication for anxiety and psychosis but is lucid. 

Plaskon’s attorney Richard T. Meehan has said his client is “ill” after his last court date. He is being held on $3 million bond.

“I do believe he is sick,” Meehan has said of Plaskon. “There are signs of active psychosis.”

Milford State’s Attorney Kevin Lawlor has pledged to fully prosecute the individual who committed this crime and to ensure they are “punished appropriately.”

Since the Sanchez tragedy, the Milford community has rallied together as thousands attended a city-wide vigil in her memory. More than 1,000 people attended Sanchez’s wake.

tlkensington June 05, 2014 at 02:28 PM
Can't put minors away for life.
jim buckley June 05, 2014 at 04:20 PM
i don't think the insanity plea will get him off.he obviously knew what he was doing at the time of the stabbing.he admitted as much when he said he did it and asked to be arrested.
tlkensington June 05, 2014 at 04:37 PM
Did he know what he was doing? We don't know that yet. Also, a confession is admissible only if it is a product of the defendant's rational intellect and free will. It's not admissible even if the police did nothing wrong. Either way I doubt it will be hard to show he did it. Just need to determine if he was sane or insane. The vast majority of insanity defenses fail.
Tmc June 05, 2014 at 10:47 PM
Of course he's insane; what else would trigger someone into doing such a thing? He was on meds and tried to kill himself twice before. What i want to see is the doctor who deemed him ok to be in the populace provide some answers for his decision on that.
Craig Zac June 06, 2014 at 07:45 AM
Well first off, I would believe he HAS to be somewhat insane to do something like this... normal people don't stick a knife into someone they supposedly love just because they wont go to the prom with them. Secondly, Sick or not, Society is not safe with this kid in it. It's people like this that is a big reason gun owners like myself feel the need to carry self protection. Im not worried about this kid getting a gun, im worried about this kid going off when I don't have my gun with me! Sick or not he HAS to go away for life at the very least... Although it will be at our (the CT tax payers) expense, at least it will keep him locked away safely from the rest of us!


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