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KS- Mother describes mentally ill son, a tragic death

7-20-2009 Kansas:

A little more than an hour before her son beat a man to death with a board, Rosalinda Reyna struggled with him on a Salina street corner, trying to subdue him and get him to the hospital.

She knew her son, Preston Reyna, 20, was mentally ill, she told Saline County District Judge Daniel Hebert during a sentencing hearing Monday, and she was trying to get help for him before he hurt himself or someone else.

She already had tried once that night to take him to Salina Regional Health Center, and he’d run away. Before the night was over, he would run away a second time.

Rosalinda Reyna spoke to the judge Monday as he considered a motion for a reduced sentence for Reyna, who could spend years behind bars for murdering a man who he was convinced had kidnapped and raped his mother.

Hebert delayed sentencing, deciding instead to refer Reyna, who has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, for evaluation at Larned State Hospital. Hebert said that without the evaluation, he could not determine if there were compelling reasons to depart from state sentencing guidelines. ..Source.. by ERIN MATHEWS

Salina man pleads guilty to killing man with board

6-8-2009 Kansas:

A 20-year-old Salina man pleaded guilty Monday to one count of unintentional second-degree murder for killing a Mexican national residing in a Salina trailer park by hitting him in the head with a board.

Preston J. Reyna faces a sentence of nine to 41 years in prison and three years of post-release supervision at his sentencing, set for 10 a.m. July 20 in Saline County District Court.

Reyna stood before District Judge Daniel Hebert and quietly answered the judge’s questions as he entered his guilty plea.

Saline County Attorney Ellen Mitchell said Reyna, who has a history of mental illness, was offered the chance to be evaluated at Larned State Hospital to determine if he could use a mental defense at trial, but Reyna declined to go to Larned.

Reyna was originally charged with intentional first-degree murder for the death of Nicolas Chavez-Castro. ..Source.. by Salina Journal

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