Attacker found not guilty by reason of insanity
By Sharon Woods Harris
Pekin Daily Times
Fri Jan 22, 2010, 05:00 PM CST
PEKIN, Ill. –
The Colorado teenager who attacked a woman with a hammer on a walking trail in East Peoria in July 2008 was found not guilty by reason of insanity Tuesday.
Tenth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Richard Grawey remanded Lukas E. Bolen, now 18, of Arvada, Colo., to the Illinois Department of Human Services. Bolen will remain in the Tazewell County Justice Center pending a placement hearing in February.
In a stipulated bench trial, Grawey accepted a stipulation from the defense and prosecution that there was sufficient evidence to convict Bolen of attempted first degree murder, a Class X felony.
Two counts of aggravated battery, Class 3 felonies were dismissed Tuesday.
The defense and prosecution also stipulated to the findings of Dr. Robert Chapman of Bloomington, a psychiatrist, that Bolen was legally insane at the time of the attack. Chapman examined Bolen on Oct. 28, 2008, according to court documents.
Bolen can never be tried for the offense again, said Tazewell County Public Defender Fred Bernardi.
The stipulated ruling sets a chain of events into motion. The Illinois Department of Human Services must evaluate Bolen and then hold a hearing under the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code to determine if Bolen is subject to involuntary admission to a mental health in-patient facility, court records said.
Grawey set the date of the hearing for 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 19. The hearing will determine if Bolen needs inpatient mental health care, outpatient mental health care or no mental health care at all, records said.
Bolen, then 16, attacked Maureen Healy, 27, with a hammer on the Rock Island Trail near Matheny and Fahey Hollow Road in East Peoria on July 30, 2008.
Fon du Lac Park District Police Chief Mike Johnson was dispatched to the scene after witnesses called 911. Upon arrival, he saw an East Peoria police detective rendering aid to Healy, who was covered in blood and holding a hammer. She had injuries to her head, hands, arms and legs, court records said.
Healy was taken to a Peoria hospital where it took 20 staples to close the head wounds. She had a concussion and numerous lacerations to her hands, arms and legs, records said.
Prior to transport to the hospital, Healy identified Bolen, who was standing nearby with blood on his clothes, records said.
Witnesses told police that they heard Healy screaming and rode their bikes to her location where they saw Bolen release Healy. Bolen told witnesses that the attacker had run away, records said.
Healy told police that while roller blading she saw Bolen standing on the side of the trail. She passed him without incident. A short time later she turned around and passed Bolen again and he attacked her from behind, records said.
When Healy fell to the ground Bolen continued to beat her with the hammer despite her pleadings for him to stop. Healy was able to get the hammer from Bolen and strike him in the leg. He then choked her, records said.
In an interview with police, Bolen said Healy had brushed against him and, “made him mad,” so he hit her at least six times with the hammer, records said.
Bolen lived with his mother in Colorado and was in the East Peoria area visiting his father at the time of the attack. Bolen had been prescribed medication for depression.