Tucson man pleads guilty-except-insane in dog-walker shooting

2013-02-27T14:55:00Z 2013-02-28T07:50:11Z Tucson man pleads guilty-except-insane in dog-walker shootingKim Smith Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

A 35-year-old Tucson man who shot a dog walker nearly three years ago has pleaded guilty except insane to two counts of aggravated assault.

His plea agreement stipulates Ronald Michael Motisko will be committed to the jurisdiction of the Arizona State Psychiatric Review Board for 7.5 years, said Deputy Pima County Attorney Robin Schwartz.

He will be sent to the Arizona State Hospital in Phoenix, but if the board decides he no longer requires treatment and is no longer a danger it could send him to prison or release him from custody, Schwartz said. If released, Motisko would remain under the jurisdiction of the board for the remainder of his sentence and could be taken back into custody at any time.

Motisko will be formally sentenced March 14.

On March 1, 2010, a woman who had been walking her dog in the 12600 block of East Los Reales Road was found lying in the street. She had been shot, but she survived.

Motisko turned himself in nearly two years later.

Motisko was involuntarily committed in 2009 and in 2010. He was diagnosed with psychosis and schizophrenia. Doctors have said he suffers delusional and paranoid thoughts and suffers auditory hallucinations.

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