Man sentenced for bringing rifle to medical office


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VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — A 39-year-old man has apologized and been sentenced to 13 months in prison for bringing a stolen, unloaded rifle into a Vancouver, Washington, medical building last April.

The Columbian reports (http://is.gd/UFFG7f ) that Gregory Castro of Vancouver reportedly threatened a mental health provider.

Castro pleaded guilty Wednesday in Superior Court to second-degree assault, first-degree theft and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

The man says he has bipolar disorder and initially pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. However, defense lawyer Neil Anderson decided after a mental health evaluation that there was insufficient evidence to support that defense.

Court records say Castro brought the rifle to a clinic on April 28 because he wanted to get answers from his mental health provider about whether the FBI had been following him. The mental health provider was able to persuade him to put the weapon down. He later surrendered.

The entire building was evacuated during the incident.

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Information from: The Columbian, http://www.columbian.com

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