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LOCKPORT – Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas ordered a Niagara Falls man committed indefinitely to a state mental institution Monday, after learning that a year of treatment hasn’t made Maurice Hill competent to stand trial for trying to attack some hospital employees.

Hill, 41, of 12th Street, was arraigned Sept. 25 on an eight-count indictment accusing him of using a chair and a pen to try to assault staffers in the mental health unit at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center June 7, 2012.

He had already been sent to Rochester Psychiatric Center when he was arraigned, and that’s where Hill will stay. Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth R. Donatello told Farkas the District Attorney’s Office is not dropping the charges against Hill.

Assistant Attorney General Adrienne Muia said prosecutors will receive four days’ notice if the state Office of Mental Health ever decides to release Hill.

Reading from a psychiatric report, Farkas said Hill’s “chances of achieving competency are minimal, and he poses a substantial risk of harm to himself and others.”

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