DENVER (AP) – A federal trial is set to begin for a Colorado inmate who claims an untreated mental illness has caused the disruptions that have led his being held in solitary confinement for more than 10 years.

Forty-two-year-old Troy Anderson’s case goes to trial Monday in U.S. District Court.

A group of University of Denver Sturm College of Law students filed a lawsuit seeking a court to order prison officials to provide mental health treatment to Anderson.

The lawsuit says Anderson has been diagnosed with at least two disorders which can lead to panic attacks, and has showed traits of other disorders that can lead to explosive behavior. It also says that prison officials have not properly diagnosed and treated Anderson.

Anderson is in prison for attempted murder and other convictions from 2000.

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