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Pa. man enters insanity plea in parents' stabbing

May 9, 2014
Associated Press

READING, Pa. (AP) — An eastern Pennsylvania man has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges that he attacked his parents with a knife after an argument over failing grades.

The Reading Eagle ( ) reports that 21-year-old Robert Hausch of Morgantown entered the plea Thursday in Berks County Court.

Prosecutors said Hausch was arrested early Dec. 30 after investigators said he stabbed his mother and father in the neck with a seven-inch military knife as they slept. A few hours earlier, they said, he had argued with his mother over his having received five failing grades in college.

Assistant Public Defender Holly Feeney said a psychiatric evaluation had concluded that Hausch was insane at the time and needed to be hospitalized. Assistant District Attorney Amy Rothermel agreed with the disposition.


Information from: Reading Eagle,



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