In unusual move, judge sends Monroeville kidnapper to prison with specific mental health treatment plan
An Allegheny County Common Pleas judge on Monday ordered that a man found guilty but mentally ill of kidnapping and assaulting his girlfriend serve five to 10 years in prison.
However, Judge Alexander P. Bicket, in an unusual move, also ordered that the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections provide Calvin McDonald with very specific mental health treatment as was recommended by the defense expert who evaluated him.
Typically, a guilty but mentally ill verdict in Pennsylvania leads to a defendant being assigned to the State Correctional Institution Waymart, Wayne County, which specializes in treating inmates with mental illness. However, the treatment provided is dictated by evaluations done in prison, and there is no guarantee of any type of intensive treatment, experts say.
McDonald, 32, of Monroeville was found guilty but mentally ill in July of aggravated assault, kidnapping, unlawful restraint, reckless endangerment and false imprisonment.