DENVER (AP)– A judge has decided against dropping criminal charges against a mentally ill Danish man accused of starting a large Colorado wildfire in 2018 that burned 149 homes. The decision came Friday after a prosecutor said Jesper Joergensen, wouldn’t be deported if released from jail because of Biden administration changes to immigration policy.
Fearing Joergensen could pose a danger to the public if freed, Judge Gregory Lyman instead ordered him be sent to the state mental health hospital for evaluation.READ MORE: Denver Weather: It's Been Seven Years Since The Metro Area Was This Hot, This Early
The judge wants to know if a doctor there might recommend that Joergensen be forcibly medicated to treat a delusional disorder so he could be brought to trial.READ MORE: Firefighters Warn Of Increased Fire Danger In Denver Are During Incoming Heat Wave
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