Wednesday, July 10, 2012 —
During the hearing, Canupp, who had been diagnosed with chronic paraonid schizophrenia, entered an Alford plea, which allowed him to be released from state custody. According to the Legal Information Institute, the Alford plea allows a defendant to accept the ramifications of a guilty verdict without admitting to committing the crime.
Canupp was given credit for 4,501 days of confinement, during which time he spent more than 12 years in Broughton and Dorthea Dix mental hospitals.
He has also been convicted of indecent exposure, assault, assault on a female, larceny of a motor vehicle, worthless check, felony breaking and entering, and escaping from prison.
Canupp will appear on the Sept. 10 ballot for the Democratic Primary as he is currently being challenged by John R. (Jack) Bell.