An Augusta judge accepted Leroy Smith's guilty plea to manslaughter in connection with the May 2014 stabbing death of his father.
Superior Court Justice Michaela Murphy ordered 27-year-old Leroy Smith III committed to Riverview Psychiatric Center, after finding he was not criminally responsible for stabbing, dismembering, and disposing of parts of his father's body in May 2014.
"It's very clear that Leroy Smith was legally insane at the time he killed his father. He had no idea what he was doing. He thought he was God," said Donald Macomber, the assistant attorney general who prosecuted the case.
The Gardiner man wanted to tell his story to a jury, but his attorney said it was too much of a gamble to try to convince a jury Smith acted in self defense.
"He knows what he did, but he has the belief, the subjective belief, that his father had tried to kill him prior with rat poison," said Pamela Ames, a Waterville defense attorney representing Smith.
There was a stark contrast between Smith's appearance in court Monday morning compared with his initial court appearance three years ago, when his hair and beard were in disarray. Monday his head was shaved and he sported a goatee.
Since his confession, Smith has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, as well as grandiose and persecutory delusions. This case gained even more notoriety after state lawmakers passed legislation allowing prosecutors to force Smith to take medication for his schizophrenia.
The prosecuto said Smith's guilty plea was based on a principle of law called an imperfect self defense.
"Imperfect self defense is, even though he may have actually believed he had to kill his father or that his father was about to kill him, there was no basis in fact for him to believe that," said Macomber.
Now it's up to doctors to determine if, and when, Smith is released from Riverview Psychiatric Center.