At the Feb. 9 felony settlement conference for Neil Cooper, his attorney requested that the court transfer his case to the mental health court. The Riverside County District Attorney’s office did not object.
A hearing on his request was set for Tuesday, Feb. 28.
The Idyllwild resident was arrested on Jan. 6, and subsequently charged with burglary and criminal threats, both felonies.
Cooper has pleaded not guilty to all the charges, including a misdemeanor for battery on spouse of person with whom the defendant is living, and has been released on bail.