Pinyon arson suspect committed to healthcare program

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Traci Farley, suspected arsonist. Photo courtesy Riverside County Fire Department

Traci Farley, suspected arsonist.
Photo courtesy Riverside County Fire Department

Traci Farley, charged with 13 counts of arson, was committed to the Liberty Healthcare program during proceedings Wednesday, Sept. 14.

Farley was arrested in June. But at her first court hearing, the judge asked for medical reviews of her competence to stand trial on the arson charges.

At her Aug. 31 hearing, the judge determined, based on the two medical consultations, that Farley was not competent to stand trial. He then referred the situation to the County Mental health agency for a recommendation on Farley’s placement.

Judge Jerome Brock committed Farley to Liberty and asked the director whether Farley could be assigned to a local county oil treatment facility. He also asked for an assessment if she was suitable for treatment at the Liberty program. The Liberty program director will report back to the court in about two weeks.

The court also mandated that no antipsychotic medication may be administered to Farley without her consent. Brock ruled that Farley has the capacity to make this decision.

Regardless of Farley’s final disposition, Brock ordered commitment to three years or less. And she was given credit for serving 161 days of the sentence.

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