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Kip Kinkel is in the news today- he's now 28 years old and is asking to go to the state's mental hospital - and wants to change his plea to guilty - but "insane". Kip Kinkel pleaded guilty in 1999 to killing his parents with a high powered rifle. He then shot 27 people at Thurston High School in Springfield, killing two of them.  He was sentenced to 111 years at the state prison. Now he’s 28 years old, he’s suing Gerald Long, interim head of the State Correctional Institution in Salem. He wants to change his plea from “guilty” to “guilty, but insane”. Kinkel’s attorney argues the 15-year old weren’t given a proper mental evaluation. At the time, Defense Attorney had argued Kinkel was following the commands of voices in his head. Kinkel says he’s not trying to escape responsibility for his crime, but would rather serve his sentence at the State Hospital, rather than the State Prison. The state is yet to respond to the lawsuit and no court date has been set.  Kinkel lost an attempt four years ago for a new trial seeking an insanity defense. A Marion County Judge denied the request, which was upheld by the Oregon Court of Appeals.





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