Pleads Guilty- The Salina Journal KS

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10/31/1987 - Man pleads guilty in Hayden case MANHATTAN (AP)...
Man pleads guilty in Hayden case MANHATTAN (AP) - A man ; pleaded guilty Friday to charges in :;the May 1 stabbing of Gov. Mike LHayden's brother and a second '. Kansas State University student. Rocco Denizio, 49, pleaded guilty in •Riley County District Court to one • count of aggravated battery and one -count of making a terroristic threat. • As part of a plea agreement in the • case, Denizio was ordered by Judge .Paul E. Miller to Larned State Hos- ;pital for psychiatric treatment before before he is returned to court for sentencing. sentencing. He was initially charged with two counts of aggravated battery battery in connection with the stabbing of Paul Hayden, 23, and Richard Verbis, 23, both of Manhattan. Aggravated battery is punishable by a maximum sentence of 20 years and a $15,000 fine. Making a ter- roristic threat is punishable by a sentence of one to five years and a $10,000 fine. Denizio could be confined confined at Larned for up to 25 years. Authorities said Denizio had been staying with the Hayden and Verbis for about a week before the stabbing. Hayden suffered a puncture wound in his arm and Verbis received slash wounds to his arm after Denizio allegedly allegedly attacked them in their apartment early on May 1. They were treated at a hospital. Denizio told the judge Friday he believed people were after him, and at one point the night before the stabbing heard Hayden and Verbis refer to him as a' 'statistic.'' "To me that would mean they would eliminate me," Denizio said. "...I thought they were trying to kill me, your honor." Riley County Attorney Kennedy said Denizio couldn't sleep that night, and when Hayden went to see what was wrong, he was stabbed. When Verbis came to Hayden's aid, he also was stabbed in the arm.

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  1. The Salina Journal,
  2. 31 Oct 1987, Sat,
  3. Page 7

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