Champaign man committed to mental health facility

Champaign man committed to mental health facility

URBANA — A Champaign County judge has ordered that a Champaign man acquitted of a crime because he was insane at the time should receive mental health services in a secure state setting.

Judge Heidi Ladd entered the order earlier this month for Jamahl Johnson, 36, last of the 1400 block of West Kirby Avenue.

On Oct. 31, Ladd found Johnson not guilty by reason of insanity of attempting to disarm a police officer and aggravated battery. Those charges stemmed from a May 6 incident in the 1500 block of Hedge Road in Champaign in which Johnson tried to take the gun of an officer responding to a trespass call.

Ladd accepted the findings of evaluators with the Department of Human Services that Johnson is in need of treatment at a secure mental health institution.

He may not be held beyond May 2028, which represents the maximum sentence he could have received had he been convicted of the crime.

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