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Prosecutors Charge Mentally Ill Man For Lying To Police

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - A mentally ill Lansing man charged with giving a false confession to police is now being ordered to a mental health institute where experts will try to help him become competent enough to stand trial.

6 News Reporter Joe Khalil was in court Thursday where a support group for the schizophrenic man is growing.

Many believe the charges against him are un-just.

In a courtroom full of supporters Kosgar Lado was ordered to an institution in Kalamazoo where he could spend more than a year, as faculty there try to make him competent to stand trial.

The mentally ill Lado confessed to a murder in June during a police interrogation.

They later discovered he didn't commit the crime.

Family and friends say his schizophrenia caused him to give the false confession. Now prosecutors are charging Lado for lying to police.

"It's not justice," said Julia Lado, Kosgar's sister.

Family members say in his state, separating Lado from his family will devastate him.

"When he confessed he wasn't himself. They know, especially the prosecutor, they know," said Julia Lado.

"Mentally ill people would feel forced to make some kind of a statement, even though it was false," said James Shonkwiler, Former Director, Prosecuting Attorneys Association.

James Shonkwiler served as Director of the Prosecuting Attorneys Association for 27 years.

He says in Lado's case the false confession law is misused.

"It's not what the statute was intended to cover, his case, because he's not trying to mislead anybody," said Shonkwiler.

But Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings says there's no proof of that.

"Was the person afflicted by the mental illness at the time of the offense and to what degree?" asks Dunnings.

That's a question Dunnings says hasn't been answered yet.

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