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Man enters insanity plea in killing of mother at hospital

FILE - This Sept. 12, 2017, file booking photo provided by the Lebanon Police Department shows Travis Frink, of Warwick, R.I., charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 70-year-old mother, Pamela Ferriere, shot to death in the intensive care unit at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. Frink is is due in Grafton County Superior Court on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, for a plea hearing. (Lebanon Police Department via AP, File)

NORTH HAVERHILL, N.H. (AP) — A man accused of killing his mother last year in a New Hampshire hospital intensive care unit has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Fifty-year-old Travis Frink appeared in Grafton County Superior Court on Tuesday. A judge accepted his plea and committed him to the state prison’s secure psychiatric unit for up to five years.

Frink initially pleaded not guilty to shooting 70-year-old Pamela Ferriere multiple times. Lawyers considering an insanity defense wrote in court documents Frink told police he was taken from the womb and subjected to a “sadistic scientific experiment.”

Frink also told police he had not taken medication nor slept in a long time before the September 2017 shooting at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. Frink has been hospitalized in the past and diagnosed with bipolar and schizoaffective disorder.

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