HIGHLANDS RANCH - A man accused of hiding an arsenal of machine guns with the threat of killing people has been declared incompetent and will head to Colorado's mental health hospital for court-ordered psychiatric treatment.
9Wants to Know first reported on Richard Lancaster's case in February after he was arrested for menacing and attempting to possess machine guns.
On Monday, the state court declared Lancaster "incompetent" and issued an order for psychiatric treatment at the state's mental hospital in Pueblo.
Lancaster has been locked up at the Douglas County Detention Center for more than a year, and during that time, prosecutors have added more weapons charges.
During his treatment in Pueblo, Lancaster's criminal case will be put on hold until his competency will be reviewed in January.
9News Pscyhologist Max Wachtel says most people who are declared incompetent usually get better to face their charges.
"A lot of individual and group therapy," Wachtel said, speaking of what kind of treatment Lancaster will experience. "He'll also get a lot of specific treatment to restore him to competency."
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