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YEAR LATER, 'INSANE' DEFENDANT IS FREE

A man found mentally unfit last year to face charges of torturing and sexually abusing a homeless man has been freed because two state doctors said he was not mentally ill.

Patrick Kelley, 31, was released by Onondaga County Judge J. Kevin Mulroy Wednesday on condition that he undergo outpatient treatment at a psychiatric center.

Kelley was found innocent by reason of insanity last year of charges that he and another man took in a homeless man and then assaulted him for two days.

At his trial, two psychiatric experts called as witnesses by the defense and prosecution each testified that Kelley suffered from a chronic, untreatable mental illness.

Kelley then was taken to the Rochester Psychiatric Center, where two state doctors decided he was not mentally ill. The state attorney general's office ordered Kelley freed.

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