A 38-year-old man suffering from mental illness has been sentenced to more than 60 years of prison for murdering his parents. Nathan Lehman from Eden Prairie was awarded with two consecutive sentences of 367 months each, after being found guilty of brutally killing his parents. On the morning of May 25, 2017, Lehman broke into his parents’ house, stabbed them nearly 60 times with screwdrivers and fled. The sentence was awarded to him on Jan.8, 2018 in front of his extended family. While announcing the judgement, Jamie Anderson told Lehman that his weeping family members might find some respite.
Lehman had a record of domestic violence, drug abuse and mental illness but his parents cared for him a lot and had let him stay with them. Lehman’s father got him enrolled in a treatment program in December 2016. However, in April 2017, he was released when he insisted his dad to help him out of the therapy. Soon, he went missing. On May 9, 2017, he was again ordered to get treatment in the closed psychiatric cell as his parents dreaded him. Barb Schilling, Robert Lehman’s sister, recalled how her brother “did everything in his power to help him try to turn his life around.” Lehman’s eight-year-old son lived in fear of his father as he would beat his wife and speak to imaginary people when drugged.
Mental health, crime and incarceration
Murdering people under the influence of a substance or due to a mental disorder is still considered a crime, which is unpardonable by the law. However, many a times, some people get convicted for non-serious crimes under the influence of a substance or due to a mental illness. Sovereign Health’s Court Services function as a legal support for patients. Our experts provide legal counsel and representation to those in need. In order to safeguard patients’ interests by ensuring right treatment instead of incarceration for delinquency, our representatives accompany them to the court and serve as a moderator between the judge and the district attorney. Sovereign Health does not provide legal services, but we do play an active role by providing:
1. Progress reports to the court for patients receiving treatment
2. Clinical assessments of treatment progress
3. Letters of recommendation to judges regarding treatment
4. Referrals to criminal law attorneys and other practice specialties — many firms offer free initial consultations
5. Transportation to and from court and treatment facilities
Sovereign Health Group specializes in treating adolescents and adults with addiction or mental problems or both. We have state-of-the-art treatment centers spread across the country which provide the following levels of care:
- Detox from substance abuse, primarily alcohol and drugs
- Residential and outpatient treatment
- Partial hospitalization
Clinicians perform a thorough physical and mental assessment of every patient before designing the recovery road map. Our team of trained professionals conduct psychological and cognitive evaluations to determine the best treatment regimen for each patient. Unfortunately, many individuals with mental illnesses are prescribed standard and powerful medications that provide little lasting relief because the genetic makeup renders the drugs ineffective. In some cases, we conduct pharmacogenetics testing that examines a person’s genetic makeup to help doctors prescribe a medication more accurately. Besides offering traditional treatment modalities, we also offer various experiential therapies to address the underlying condition.
If you or your loved one has been charged or convicted of a nonviolent and nonserious drug-related offense, Sovereign’s Court Services division can help. Call our 24/7 helpline 866-439-7698 or chat online with one of our experts to know more.