State hospital patient charged with aggravated assault

2013-01-22T09:30:00Z State hospital patient charged with aggravated assaultBy George Plaven of The Montana Standard Montana Standard

ANACONDA – A patient at Montana State Hospital in Warm Springs is charged with felony aggravated assault after punching a nurse in the face late last year.

Dean Standing, 23, will make his initial appearance Wednesday morning before Judge Ray Dayton in Anaconda district court.

Court documents allege Standing was upset with staff on Nov. 10, 2012 for being required to take his medications, punched the nurse and knocked her to the floor. The victim suffered a fractured nose and fractured left orbital socket that caused damage to her left eye.

As of Jan. 10, the injuries still have not fully healed, according to the same documents.

Standing was not arrested, and was instead held in isolation at the hospital. He is represented by a public defender.

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  1. Whatwouldyoudo
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    Whatwouldyoudo - January 22, 2013 11:09 pm
    Are ya kidding me? Are you saying what this man did to the employee was ok because he was going to be given meds that were ordered for him because he was a danger to himself and/or others? There was no reason this man needed to defend himself to this extent...Just like if you were at a bar and got in a fight and assault charges were pressed on would prob be looking @ jail time right? Whats the problem with society?
  2. Time2Bail
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    Time2Bail - January 22, 2013 12:20 pm
    My understanding is that a person does not loose their rights because they are in a mental hospital and that they can defend themselves from a physical aggressor. Did you know that if you get stopped for a traffic violation and are taken to jail, you will be required to give a full body cavity search AND must accept a full multi-vaccine shot for whatever they want to shoot you up with? These are for your own good!

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