Helder is too dangerous to let go, says psychologist

Associated Press

A Pine Island man accused in a Midwestern mailbox bombing spree is delusional and should not be freed because he's too great a risk to society, a government psychologist testified Wednesday.

In April, Lucas Helder, 23, was declared incompetent to stand trial on charges that he planted pipe bombs and anti-government notes in rural mailboxes in five Midwestern states in May 2002.

A U.S. magistrate heard arguments Wednesday at the federal prison in Rochester about whether Helder is so likely to hurt others that he should be committed indefinitely for treatment.

The magistrate didn't immediately make a recommendation and did not indicate when he will make his ruling.

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