Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Hawaii State Hospital

Joseph Joyce, 44, was judged not guilty of attempted second-degree murder, unauthorized entry into a dwelling and first-degree terroristic threatening. He was committed to the Hawaii State Hospital.

Joyce told three mental health experts he thought he was in the Middle East and that the president of Iran lived in the building. He said he intended to kill the Iranian president and to place a red, white and blue T-shirt he was wearing on the roof of the building to warn Americans.

Police said he attempted to throw a 63 year-old security guard off a 26th floor lanai of a University Avenue high rise.

Joyce has a long history of mental illness and had been receiving Social Security income for his disability. Kaneohe residents are very concerned that security at the State Hospital is inadequate to hold dangerous patients.

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