Kevin L. Hoover
Mad River Union
EUREKA – Sentencing for Alexi Greenspan, convicted last month in the April attack on a deputy at the Humboldt County Correctional Facility, has been delayed pending completion of a diagnostic evaluation of his mental health.
Greenspan, 26, of Arcata, was found guilty of felony resisting an executive officer causing great bodily injury, a strike under California law. The jury also convicted Greenspan of felony battery with serious bodily injury and felony battery with injury on a custodial officer.
At a hearing last Thursday, Aug. 3 in Humboldt County Superior Court, Judge John T. Feeney turned aside arguments for probation from his public defender, from Deputy District Attorney Trenton Timm to at least a three-year jail term, and from Greenspan himself to be sentenced on the spot.
Greenspan’s victim, a correctional deputy, testified that the April 7 attack had left him with a metal plate in his head, had required him to take months away from work, to suffer further medical issues and had affected his family.
Timm listed at length Greenspan’s criminal record, which includes six felony convictions and multiple violent misdemeanors. He said Greenspan has violated probation multiple times, and was on probation when he attacked the deputy.
“It’s not likely he will respond to mental health treatment,” Timm said. He said Greenspan refuses to take any medication.
The court proceedings were interrupted multiple times as Greenspan, wearing a red jumpsuit and surrounded by three bailiffs, blurted out comments. These included accusations that Timm was lying and a threat to “sock” in the face the correctional officer he’d previously victimized.
“You’re not helping yourself at all,” Feeney warned Greenspan.
Feeney then ordered that the state Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation conduct a mental health evaluation. It will be reviewed at the next sentencing hearing, set for Oct. 30 at 8:30 a.m.
As he was led from Courtroom 1, Greenspan, whose hands were chained at the waist, offered an apology. “Thank you, I’m sorry,” he said. “I apologize for the inconvenience.”