ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — The son of a former aide to President George W. Bush has pleaded guilty to killing a friend with a hatchet and will be committed to a state psychiatric facility.
The Washington Post reports (http://wapo.st/1ts0YFO) that 21-year-old Claude Alexander Allen III of Gaithersburg pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree murder in the slaying of 25-year-old Michael Phillip Harvey. Montgomery Circuit Court Judge Terrence McGann cited doctors’ findings in ruling that Allen was not criminally responsible.
The ruling means Allen will be held in a state psychiatric facility.
Prosecutors say that on May 23, 2013, Allen struck Harvey five times in the neck and head in Allen’s parents’ home. A state psychiatrist’s report said the attack was sparked by Allen’s delusions.
The elder Allen was a former domestic policy adviser in the Bush White House. He resigned in 2006 after being arrested for shoplifting at a Target store in Gaithersburg. He pleaded guilty to theft that same year, effectively ending a once-promising political career, and was fined and placed on probation.
He told the judge at his sentencing hearing that he had lost perspective while working long hours and getting little sleep in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com