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Man who hurt two Lockport cops committed to mental institution

LOCKPORT – A man who fought two Lockport police officers in a Subway restaurant last year was allowed to plead “not responsible by reason of mental disease or defect” Wednesdayand was committed indefinitely to a state mental institution.

Allan T. Spedding, 38, of Main Street, Lockport, has been hospitalized for mental health reasons 18 times since a fall when he was a child, Assistant Public Defender A. Joseph Catalano said.

“He went from being this remarkable child – bright, talented, athletic – to someone who struggles. … How sad,” Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon said,

Assistant District Attorney Joel M. Grundy said he was convinced a jury would return a mental disease verdict if the case went to trial. Spedding was off his meds Jan. 5, 2014, when he tried to shove the cookie case over at the Subway in the Lockview Plaza on Main Street. One officer underwent knee surgery and another missed time at work with a back injury after subduing Spedding.

Catalano said for the first three or four weeks he dealt with Spedding, he spoke only of government conspiracies and, when he returned from a three-month stint in the Rochester Psychiatric Center, “looked like a zombie.”