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Pair ruled incompetent for trial

September 26, 2012
By MARK LAW - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - 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 following hearings Monday before Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson.

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

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

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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