Man in break-in, assault not guilty by reason of insanity

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WALLA WALLA — A man who broke into a woman’s home and assaulted her in January 2011 has been found not guilty by reason of insanity.

Patrick M. Walmsley, 42, entered such pleas this morning in Walla Walla County Superior Court to charges of first-degree burglary — domestic violence, second-degree assault — domestic violence, and second-degree malicious mischief.

Judge Donald W. Schacht determined the insanity pleas were appropriate and signed an order committing Walmsley to Eastern State Hospital in Medical Lake for treatment. Experts there will determine if and when it’s safe to release Walmsley and under what conditions he will be placed.

The state departments of Corrections and Social and Health Services will jointly supervise him for the rest of his life.

Walmsley was arrested in early 2011, but was released on bond three days later. He since has been under the care of and monitored by a psychiatrist, a counselor and his brother.

Walmsley underwent a court-ordered mental evaluation and based on the results, was found competent to stand trial.

But based on a private evaluation, he was found to be criminally insane.

Schacht ordered that Walmsley’s brother transport him to Eastern State Hospital on Nov. 2.

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Michelle Mulhern told Schacht in court this morning that if Walmsley had been convicted of the charges against him, his maximum prison term would have been 34 months followed by a year of community custody.

Ordering Walmsley to undergo treatment, followed by ongoing, prolonged supervision as the result of his insanity pleas, “ensures community safety the best and ensures accountability the best,” Mulhern said.

The victim, Rachel Scott, agrees with the outcome of the case.

According to police, Walmsley entered Scott’s bedroom at 410 Chase Ave., Apt. 103, about 1 a.m. Jan. 16, 2011. He struck Scott in the mouth with a baseball bat, tearing her bottom lip and causing it to bleed, according to a police report filed in court.

Walmsley then used the bat to smash the apartment’s front picture window as Scott was calling 911, officials said. He was detained outside by a witness who ordered him to drop the bat and get on the ground until police arrived.

Walmsley and Scott had been friends since they were children. Walmsley had pressed Scott to enter into a dating relationship, but she rebuffed his advances, according to the police report.

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