Evans to be moved to less restrictive facility – I agree, what the hell?

MANSFIELD — The defense attorney for Larry Evans Jr. says his client should have been transferred to a less restrictive mental health facility some time ago.

“Obviously, based upon what I know and what the evidence is with regard to his treatment, it’s absolutely the right thing to do,” Bernie Davis said. “There’s no question about that. He was ready to go probably a year or two ago.”

Richland County Common Pleas Judge James Henson issued his ruling in writing after visiting Heartland Behavioral Healthcare in Massillon. Since the fall of 2008, Evans has been housed at the Timothy B. Moritz Unit in Columbus, the only maximum-security mental health facility in the state.

Evans, 44, was found not guilty by reason of insanity of 19 charges, including two counts of aggravated murder, for a Dec. 26, 2007, shooting outside his Epworth residence. The victims were his brother, Mansfield police Officer Brian Evans, and his neighbor, Robert L. Houseman. Evans has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

A five-day hearing on whether Evans should be moved took place this spring in Henson’s court. The judge said he does not think Evans is well.

“The evidence introduced at the hearing makes the point clearly that Mr. Evans is and remains a seriously mentally ill individual subject to hospitalization,” Henson wrote. “It is equally clear that the staff at Moritz has done all it is willing or capable of doing in the treatment of Mr. Evans.”

Kim Adkins, Larry’s sister, and Crystal Evans, his niece, reacted to the ruling in an email to the News Journal.

“We would like everyone to know this decision to move Larry doesn’t mean he’s getting better. The judge is fully aware of how dangerous Larry is and also that the treatment team at Moritz was incapable to treating Larry properly,” they wrote. “We know the judge is on our side and will do everything he can to keep the community safe. Maybe Heartland will realize there’s no treatment for evil, which is what (Larry) is.”

Nicole Crank, one of Houseman’s daughters, did not agree with the ruling.

“It’s a bunch of bullcrap,” she said. “I don’t know how the judge can say he’s still a threat but can go to a less restrictive facility.”

Heartland has five levels of movement. Evans will be in Level 1, the most restrictive. He will be in a locked unit.

If staff members at Heartland recommend Evans eventually be moved to a different level, another hearing would take place before Henson.

“In Larry’s case, the judge has a lifetime tail on him,” Davis said. “The judge has control of Larry Evans for the rest of his life.”

Carolyn Evans, Larry’s wife, and their two daughters have stood behind him.

“The girls and I are very, very happy,” she said. “We’re just glad that the judge made the right decision.”

Carolyn Evans said she talks to her husband two or three times a day and tries to visit him at least every other week.

“He’s doing wonderful,” she said. “He’s a good person. A tragic thing happened.

“We hope to have him home with us someday, and we can be a family again.”

Crank said she fears that reality.

“Me and my family are all scared,” she said. “He’s going to get out. Everything’s going in his favor.

“The justice system has really let us down.”

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I have to agree with the families of the deceased, this is an OUTRAGE!!!, and I find it hard to believe Henson is behind it!

This sounds more like something DeWeese or Ault would do.

What others are saying (who can comment)…

Lynne Spencer

I have no words to describe this travesty of justice. Once he’s “well” he should spend the rest of his natural life at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility. Despicable.
  • Sandra Crank

    “He’s doing wonderfully” then why the he’ll did he flip out infront of the judge and slam his chair back when they told him he couldn’t do something? ya wtf ever! They hope to have him home someday so they can be a family! Guess what that will never happen to us cuz LARRY killed my dad! why u think Larry should have that? this is all bulls**t! he is a a**hole and a jerk that will never be fixed! Well guess what our family is broken because of him and he shouldn’t even be allowed to talk to anyone we can’t talk to our dad! i hate him and in the end GOD will punish him and i can’t wait for that day! that day i will be the best day of our lives and the communities lives! HE WILL NEVER BE A GOOD PERSON!

     
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  • Crystal Evans ·  Subscribe Subscribed · Dublin, Ohio

    my mom, Kim Adkins, would like everyone to know the quote from Dump (carolyn) “he’s doing very, very well” means nothing from her mouth! Dump also said “he’s never been better” the night before he shot my mom twice, Trina once, and killed Brian, and Bobby.
  • Crystal Evans ·  Subscribe Subscribed · Dublin, Ohio

    let me correct my mom’s above statement before some smarta** does, Dump said they are “very, very happy” and “he’s doing wonderful” Bottom line, your right, it’s always a bunch of lies!
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  • Marcella Lyons · Malabar High School

    He is so rehab so go to prison for life and lethel injection
    He kills a policemen a father too his children want their father and he kills another father and they want their father.sorry this is not fair justice
    He should pay not the other families not good justice.
  • Sandra Crank

    I look mean to marcella on this post but on her Facebook (y’all can’t see it but i can) some idiot posted a dumb opinion! love u marcella and thanks for the support
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  • Berta Elkins ·  Top Commenter · Got my G.E.D.

    THIS MAN SHOULD HAVE BEEN HUNG NOW YOU WANT TO MOVE HIM SO HE CAN GET OUT IN THE PUBLIC AGAIN. GOD FORBID YOU WOULD BE SO CRAZY. MAYBE YOU SHOULD BE IN THERE WITH HIM. HE KILLED HIS BRO & SHOT HIS SISTER & YOU FOUND HIM NOT GUITLY BY REASON OF BEING CRAZY. GOD HELP A WORLD WHO HAVE SUCH LAWYERS & JUDGES WHO DON’T CARE ABOUT THE VICTIMS. NOW YOU WANT TO LET HIM OUT SO HE CAN KILL SOMEONE ELSE. MAYBE YOU. THIS COUNTRY IS GOING TO HELL IN A HAND BASKET & YOU WILL NOT LIKE THE FIRE DOWN BELOW FOR IT WILL BE HOT. KEEP HIM WHERE THERE IS NO WAY HE CAN GET OUT. GOD HELP A JUSTICE SYSTEM WE HAVE TODAY. GOD BLESS THIS FAMILY WHO IS SUFFERING FROM THE LOSS OF THEIR LOVED ONES. AND GOD HELP AMERICA.

    N’T CARE ABOUT THE VICTIM. THATS BERTIE ONE & TWO & YOU NO IT’S TRUE THIS WORLD IN GOING TO HELL IN A HAND BASKET ENJOY THE RIDE YOU WON’T LIKE THE FIRE DOWN BELOW. MY PRAYER IS FOR THE FANILY. GOD BLESS YOU

     
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  • John Hess ·  Top Commenter · Crestline, Ohio

    Did a jury say he was should go to a mental ward instead of jail or was it just a judge making the call
  • Crystal Evans ·  Subscribe Subscribed · Dublin, Ohio

    we weren’t permitted to have a jury, it’s been a judge making all of the decisions. In Ohio, the law says if you’re found guilty by criminal insanity then you are sentenced to a mental institution, not a prison. It’s ridiculous!
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  • John Hess ·  Top Commenter · Crestline, Ohio

    Weren’t allowed to have a jury..over such an important case ..to have one person making this decision.what a nightmare…this has to be for the family of the victems
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  • Berta Elkins ·  Top Commenter · Got my G.E.D.

    GOD WILL BE THEIR JUDGE & MAYBE THEY WILL ALL BE TOGETHER IN HELL. YOU NO GOD IS MERCIFUL & HE CAN BE FORGIVEN BUT THE ONES HE KILLED WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO HAVE ANY THING. I HOPE THEY WERE SAVED & WE CAN SEE THEM AGAIN IN HEAVEN.
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  • Melvin Melton ·  Subscribe Subscribed · Works at UNEMPLOYED!!!!!

    He kill a police man.
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