AUGUSTA, Maine — A Maine man who blinded himself by gouging his own eyes at the Maine State Prison has died at a South Carolina health care facility.
The Kennebec Journal reports no information on how 67-year-old James Staples died has been released.
Staples’ attorney, Douglas Jennings, said he called the facility last week for an update on his client. He was told Staples was dead and all other information was confidential. A message was left with the Columbia Regional Care Center on Wednesday.
Staples was sent there after he was accused of punching a fellow patient at an Augusta psychiatric hospital.
A judge found him not criminally responsible and said it was “shameful” that no Maine facility could be found to house Staples.
Court records show he was diagnosed with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder.