Norwich man recommitted to state hospital

Superior Court Judge Susan B. Handy ordered an additional three-year commitment to the state’s hospital for the criminally insane this morning to a 48-year-old Norwich man who threatened to kill his mother and put her in a chokehold in 2006.

Joseph M. Deschamps will be committed to the state’s Psychiatric Security Review Board until August 2016, during which time he will be transitioned back into the community.

Prosecutor Lawrence J. Tytla had petitioned the court to extend Deschamps’ commitment after the review board determined Deschamps remains mentally ill and would pose a danger to himself and others if discharged. Deschamps and his attorney, Suzanne L. McAlpine, did not object to the extended commitment during a brief hearing this morning in New London Superior Court,

According to a court document, Deschamps attacked his 60-year-old mother, Betty Chabotte, after she refused to drive him to a Hartford hospital on Dec. 9, 2006. The mother complained to Norwich police that Deschamps threw her to the ground and began to choke her around the neck after stating, “I’m going to kill myself and I’m taking you with me.” She suffered scratches and three fractured ribs.

Interviewed later by Norwich police, Deschamps said voices in his head were telling him to assault his mother and that he feels at times that he can’t control himself. Charged with second-degree assault on an elderly person and second-degree threatening, he was found not guilty by reason of insanity and committed to Whiting Forensic Institute for six years.

Chabotte, the mother, died in November 2012 as the result of a car crash in Griswold.


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