Charges are piling up against secure hospital patient

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September 20 – ST. PETER — A patient at the state’s Forensic Mental Health Program in St. Peter faces a series of assault charges, violent threats and property damage.

Terrion Lamar Sherman, 26, was charged in Nicollet County court this month with eight felonies related to either violence, violent threats or property damage, along with multiple felonies. Sherman is considered “mentally ill and dangerous,” along with a chemical dependency.

The assault charge stems from an incident in May where Sherman allegedly punched a man, stamped his head and threatened to kill him after the man tried to kick him, according to one indictment.

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According to the charges, the man lost consciousness after the punch and was taken to hospital.

A facility employee reported that the two men had gotten into a verbal altercation the previous night. After the man was detained, Sherman is said to have said he would take care of the man himself if it happened again.

Before the May incident, another slate of indictment documents accuses him of threatening to kill employees in April, spitting in one of their faces and throwing a container of urine at them.

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A third set of charges from earlier in April alleges he caused about $1,700 in damage during three incidents at his unit that month. He is charged with breaking ceiling tiles, breaking a television, taking a security shield from a staff member and using it to break more ceiling tiles, lamps, vents and office windows.

The most recent set of charges relates to Sherman threatening a staff member and her family in early September, according to an indictment. He also reportedly threw his milk and juice at staff before throwing a foam chair into ceiling tiles and breaking a vent.

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The damage was estimated at about $2,000.

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