Do you remember when I posted something last year about the guy on the Greyhound bus who murdered the guy who was sitting next to him by stabbing him over a 100 times and decapitating him in the process? Yeah, that guy. Well, today in Manitoba he was found not guilty because he was mentally ill at the time of the killing.
Here in the United States, most jurisdictions allow for something like this, BUT, once the person is found to be sane again, they are transferred from a mental hospital to a regular prison. Much of these changes occurred after John Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity after he attempted to assassinate President Reagan in order to impress Jodie Foster.
The law in Manitoba though says that every year Vince Li will be reviewed by a board in the hospital and once he is found to not be a danger to himself or to the public he will be released back into the community. This could happen as soon as one year from now.
Li killed Timothy McLean on the bus ride. McLean, a carnival worker, was returning home to Winnipeg on the bus from Edmonton. Listening to his iPod while sitting in the back row of Greyhound bus 1170, he said hello to Li when Li sat down next to him.
Then, around 8:30 p.m., Li pulled a buck knife from his side and began stabbing McLean — for no apparent reason, witnesses said. After passengers fled the bus, Li was barricaded inside the vehicle.
During the stabbing, Li was heard to say, "get emergency." During the five-hour standoff, he walked around the bus carrying the severed head in one hand, the knife in the other. At one point, he threw McLean's head into the bus's stairwell.
But hey, I'm sure he will be ready to resume his life as a carnival worker before long and interacting with the public. Right?
Thanks to Victoria for sending this in.