Lamont Brown, 55, will serve out his 23-year prison sentence at Lorain Correctional Institution, a penalty handed down by Sandusky County Common Pleas Judge John Dewey after a 2011 bench trial.
Brown walked into the home of Carlos Popoca on Nov. 13, 2009, and shot Poppca in the back of the head.
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Brown knew Popoca from church. Popoca would allow Brown into his home from time to time, sharing his food with him and providing him a place to shower, according to court documents.
But Brown, diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, was convinced the day of the attempted murder he was being persecuted when he wasn’t able to renew his driver’s license at the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. He also believed the state was committing murder, and it was actually Popoca’s licence that should have been suspended, according to court documents.
Brown also believes he was influenced through supernatural means and television shows, and suffered from auditory hallucinations. While he previously had been taking prescribed medication for his illness, he hadn’t been taking the medication for a year when he tried to kill Popoca.
In his appeal, Brown claimed he should have been found not guilty by reason of insanity. He also said his sentences should be served concurrently instead of consecutively, and there wasn’t enough evidence to convict him.
In an opinion issued Friday, the Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals d sag re e d , confirming Dewey’s judgment in the case.