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Two Men Ruled Incompetent for Trial

September 27, 2012
By MARK LAW - For The Intelligencer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Two men facing felony charges were ruled incompetent to stand trial and will be treated at a state facility until they are able to assist in their own defense Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson ruled Monday.

Jeffrey Hanlin, 21, of Steubenville is charged with gross sexual imposition, which allegedly occurred in December in Smithfield and involved a 9-year-old child.

A doctor from the Forensic Diagnostic Center of District 9 determined Hanlin is mentally handicapped and currently not capable of understanding the nature and objectives of the proceedings against him.

The doctor said Hanlin may be restored to competency within one year.

Also, Donald A. Sadler, 53, of Steubenville was determined to be incompetent to stand trial.

He faces charges of aggravated arson, arson, attempted burglary and aggravated menacing. Sadler was charged with attempting to enter a home on April 27 in the 100 block of Christopher Avenue, Wintersville, and then lighting a van outside on fire.

A doctor said Sadler is currently not capable of assisting in his own defense. The doctor reported there is a substantial probability Sadler will become competent within one year.

Both men will be treated at the Appalachian Behavior Healthcare facility in Athens, Ohio.

Henderson will hold a hearing once it is determined the men are competent to stand trial or at the end of the year to determine if their treatment should continue.

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