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Judge: Starbucks stabbing suspect unfit to stand trial

Gabriel Pemble will be sent to Salem and spend three years at the Oregon State Hospital.

Posted: Sep 5, 2019 10:18 PM
Updated: Sep 6, 2019 10:04 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The Lane County Circuit Court has ruled that the suspect accused of stabbing a man outside of a downtown Eugene Starbucks back in July is unfit to stand trial.

Judge M.K. Merten made the decision after receiving the results of an evaluation done by the Community Mental Health Program on 40-year-old Gabriel Pemble. Instead Merten ordered Pemble to be placed in the Oregon State Hospital for three years.

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The hospital has 90 days to determine if Pemble has the capacity to presently stand trial, could in the future stand trial after treatment, or will never have the ability to stand trial. If the latter is determined, he will spend up to three years in the Oregon State Hospital with the Superintendent giving an update on Pemble’s condition every 180 days to the court.

Pemble was charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault, and carrying a concealed weapon. For now, the case is suspended indefinitely.

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