By Milton J. Valencia
BOSTON — In a rare legal decision, a Fitchburg man was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the killing of a Westminster police officer a decade ago.
Jason Rivers, 36, who has been under mental evaluation since his arrest in May 1999, was a delusional, paranoid schizophrenic when he shot Westminster police officer Lawrence Jupin three times during a chase into the woods of that town, Worcester Superior Court Judge Peter W. Agnes Jr. ruled. Jupin, a seven-year veteran of the small Westminster police force, went into a coma and died three years later.
In the decade since, Rivers has on multiple occasions been declared incompetent to stand trial because of his mental illness. But yesterday, Agnes ruled that Rivers was competent enough for the trial to proceed, and within two hours ruled that he had been delusional when the crime occurred.
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