LIMA — Appearing confused and agitated during a brief appearance in Allen County Common Pleas Court on Monday, Lima resident Robert Miller was ruled incompetent to stand trial for allegedly threatening earlier this year to blow Pandora-Gilboa Elementary School to “Kingdom Come.”
He was sent to a Toledo psychiatric hospital for treatment.
Miller, 59, was taken into custody May 7 after writing a letter to his ex-wife in which he allegedly made rambling threats against Pandora-Gilboa schools and an unnamed Catholic priest. The threat caused the Putnam County school to operate under a Code Yellow lockdown alert throughout the day.
The June session of the grand jury charged Miller with inducing panic, causing the evacuation of a public place or otherwise causing serious public inconvenience or alarm where the public place is a school, a second-degree felony, and inducing panic by threatening to commit any offense of violence, a first-degree misdemeanor.
Miller’s ability to assist in his own defense was called into question by Judge Jeffrey Reed, and court-appointed defense attorney Carroll Creighton in July filed a motion to have his client undergo a competency evaluation.
During Monday’s hearing, Reed said the evaluation, performed by a state-certified expert at the Psychiatric Center of Northwest Ohio in Dayton, determined that Miller is not competent to stand trial at the current time but could be restored to competency following treatment.
Reed ordered Miller conveyed to the Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital in Toledo for the foreseeable future. Reed did not specifically say when a future hearing would be held but in similar cases re-evaluation is typically done following a year of intensive treatment and supervision.
The judge ordered Miller’s psychiatric report to be sealed from public view for the time being.
Officials from the Allen County Sheriff’s Office said Miller had written a letter to his ex-wife in which he referenced an unnamed “God damn catholic priest” and stated “Pandora Gilboa Elementary School” and “we all will blow that (expletive) elementary school and priest to Kingdom Come,” according to a sheriff’s office statement following Miller’s arrest.
Court documents show Miller did not explain why he was upset with the school or the priest other than to state that the priest scares his grandchildren.
Miller told investigators he did not have any means or real intention to attack the school or anyone else, and he was just trying to scare his ex-wife for reasons still unknown.