Man Who Attacked Theatergoers at Horror Movie Wins Appeal
Steven Walter Robinson, better known as the Fullerton AMC slasher, was improperly convicted and sentenced to 22 years to life in prison for attempting to murder fellow theatergoers at a 2008 screening of the horror film The Signal.
"Substantial evidence suggested the defendant may not have formed the intent to kill, premeditated or deliberated, due to a mental disorder," wrote JusticeRaymond Ikola
for a three-justice panel that includedEileen Moore
. "The defendant testified he hallucinated during the movie, feeling a 'sense of evil' coming from the movie screen. And the psychologist found the defendant was 'very mentally impaired.' His 'longstanding psychiatric symptoms' included 'psychotic thoughts (hearing voices, delusions)' and 'a history of depression with schizoid and paranoid features going well back into early adolescence.'"
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