Napa State Hospital patient Jess Willard Massey was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison Tuesday morning for murdering a psychiatric technician at the hospital in October.
Jess Willard Massey pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity Tuesday to the murder of Napa State Hospital psychiatric technician Donna Gross last year.
A 37-year-old former patient at a state-run California mental hospital will stand trial in the strangling of a psychiatric nurse there last year.
California workplace regulators have fined Napa State Hospital more than $100,000 for safety violations the agency says it uncovered in its probe of a psychiatric nurse’s slaying.
An autopsy has found that a psychiatric nurse, who authorities said was killed by a mentally ill patient at Napa State Hospital, was strangled to death.
Grief counselors were made available to the staff at Napa State Hospital on Monday, in response to the weekend murder of a longtime employee, allegedly by a mental patient at the facility.