CMF killer sent to mental facility in Atascadero

By From page A8 | April 30, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A California Medical Facility inmate who killed another inmate in 2010 by throwing him over a third-floor walkway railing was sent off Tuesday to Atascadero State Hospital, a secured facility for mentally ill offenders.

After Andrew Roman admitted to killing Michael Ferguson, Judge Wendy G. Getty declared he was not guilty by reason of insanity and ordered him to be transferred to the state hospital.

Roman, 46, got into a fight with Ferguson, 44, on the morning of March 8, 2010. After exchanging blows, Roman ended the dispute by throwing Ferguson over the balcony rail. Ferguson died of massive head injuries.

Roman was serving a life sentence for killing his wife. Ferguson had been serving a 16-years-to-life sentence for a second-degree murder in Alameda County.

Roman had repeatedly been deemed mentally incompetent by local judges, who sent him off to state hospitals where state doctors repeatedly declared Roman’s mental health condition had improved and had him returned to Solano County.

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Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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