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Defendant to receive treatment

Clinton Herald - 5/14/2018

May 14--CLINTON -- A Clinton County District Court judge has ordered a Wisconsin man charged with five felonies, including kidnapping and robbery, to receive mental health treatment designed to restore him to competency.

District Court Judge Mark Cleve on Tuesday found it was appropriate to further order the State psychiatrist be directed to provide any medical treatment necessary to Tyrese B. Triplett, 26, of Madison, Wisconsin, to restore him to competency, including the prescribing and administering of medications necessary and appropriate to treat Triplett's illness, to include on an involuntary basis. Triplett will be evaluated for competency upon the conclusion of treatment.

"The psychiatrist or licensed doctorate level psychologist providing treatment to the defendant, or the director of the facility where the defendant is being held and treated pursuant to a court order, shall provide a written status report to the court regarding the defendant's mental disorder within 30 days of the defendant's placement pursuant to section 812.6. The report shall also state whether it appears that the defendant can be restored to competency in a reasonable amount of time. Progress reports shall be provided to the court every 60 days or less thereafter until the defendant's competency is restored or the placement of the defendant is terminated," the order states.

The order states the evaluation is to be performed on an inpatient basis at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center. The Clinton County sheriff is directed to transport Triplett to the Iowa Medical and Classification Center for the evaluation upon notification by the Iowa Medical and Classification Center that they are ready to admit Triplett. The Clinton County sheriff or his designee is ordered to transport Triplett back to the county facility upon notification by the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital that the evaluation is completed. There will be no transfer of custody to the Department of Corrections since Triplett is in custody, except as necessary to facilitate the evaluation.

The order directed the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital to provide the court with a written report of the competency evaluation within 10 days of the evaluation. Copies of the competency evaluation will be marked confidential and will be provided to defense counsel and to the prosecutor. The report will be sealed and not available for public inspection.

District Court Judge Patrick McElyea on April 12 found probable cause Triplett was suffering from a mental disorder preventing him from appreciating the charge, understanding the proceedings or assisting effectively in the defense. No psychiatric evaluation had been conducted within 30 days preceding the finding.

Triplett is charged in one case with first-degree robbery, a Class B felony. He is charged in a separate case with first-degree kidnapping, a Class A felony; second-degree kidnapping, a Class B felony; first-degree robbery, a Class B felony, and being a felon in possession of a firearm as a habitual offender, a Class D felony.

Three other individuals are also charged in relation to the kidnapping. Aubrey N. Davey, 21, of Madison, Wisconsin, is charged with first-degree kidnapping, second-degree kidnapping and first-degree robbery. Antwan Evans, 31, of Plainfield, Illinois, is charged with first-degree kidnapping, second-degree kidnapping, first-degree robbery and dominion/control of a firearm/offensive weapon by a felon. Aaron D. Triplett, 30 is charged with first-degree kidnapping and second-degree kidnapping.

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