Hartford teen charged in cemetery mayhem is committed

Bloomfield police booking photo of Frederick Sowell.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Hartford teen has been committed to the custody of the state Psychiatric Security Review Board for his role in a 2014 rampage at Mount St. Benedict Cemetery in Bloomfield.

Hartford Superior Court Judge James Bentivegna found that 19-year-old Frederick Sowell couldn’t be held accountable for his conduct at the cemetery on Sept. 28, 2014 because of his mental illness.

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Prosecutors say on that day Sowell stole a car, drove it onto the cemetery’s property toward a group of people and ran down a 10-year-old girl.

Officials recommended that Sowell be confined to the Whiting Forensic Division of Connecticut Valley Hospital, a maximum security facility, for treatment for bipolar disorder.

Sowell was committed to the custody of the Psychiatric Security Review Board for a period of 21 years.

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