November 23, 2017
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Nuns’ assailant to move to Maine group home

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AUGUSTA, Maine — A man who was committed to Maine’s psychiatric hospital after killing two nuns and hurting two others in 1996, is moving from the hospital to a nearby group home.

Mark Bechard didn’t address the judge Friday during his hearing in Kennebec County Superior Court. He was found not criminally responsible for the attack and was committed to state custody. He has been on antipsychotic medication.

The Morning Sentinel reports Bechard wants to continue his part-time janitorial job at Riverview Psychiatric Center. He will walk to his work and to other group housing on the same campus.

Sister Josephine Roney of the Servants of the Blessed Sacrament said the psychological impact of the attack still exists. She said she wanted to emphasize the need for medication for those with mental illness.


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