One Manhunt Over, Another Underway
Morales' Nevada attorney says Morales is mentally ill. He's also quite violent:
Morales claimed he suffered a severe brain injury when he was hit in the head with a baseball bat at age 17, and that he hears voices and has trouble controlling his impulses.
"He said that ever since that attack and subsequent surgeries he has been struggling with demons in his head....While in a jail medical ward, Morales mutilated his genitals and scrawled words in blood on the wall. He underwent a psychological examination by doctors at a Nevada state mental hospital in Sparks, but he was found competent to stand trial, the attorney said.
His Florida offense:
Morales was sentenced to 10 years in prison in December after pleading guilty to sexual battery with a deadly weapon, burglary with assault and kidnapping stemming from 2003. He broke into a Miami-area home, pulled out a butcher knife and raped two women, according to a police report.
Both offenses occurred in 2003, but he was convicted and sentenced in Nevada first (2008) to 30 years to life (or 20 to life, depending which news report you read.) Florida apparently then extradited him to face its charge , where he was sentenced in December to ten years, consecutive to the Nevada sentence. The officers were returning him to Nevada .
The transporting police officers told 911 he is schizophrenic.
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