Ketchum competence assessment ordered

OXFORD – Thomas Lowell Ketchum Jr. was ordered Monday to a federal facility for mental examination.
Ketchum, 54, of Saltillo was indicted in March 2006 on illegal gun and fraudulent identification charges.
While awaiting prosecution, Ketchum left the country but was returned earlier this year.
Last week, Chief U.S. District Judge Michael P. Mills presided over a hearing about the results of a psychiatric report on Ketchum.
Mills said a new evaluation is to determine if Ketchum “will attain competence” to properly assist in his defense.
If convicted, Ketchum faces up to 35 years and $750,000 in fines.

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