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Posted: Thursday, June 2, 2022. 11:31 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: A Plues Street man with apparent mental issues was spared paying the $500 fine for a violation of the COVID-19 emergency regulations more than a year ago.

In October of 2021, Andy Hendron was arraigned for not wearing a face mask in public, to which he pleaded not guilty.

But he had missed each of his subsequent court appearances until Wednesday when he was brought to court on the strength of a bench warrant.

Before Senior Magistrate Tricia Pitts-Anderson, according to court observers, Hendron said he had been “dealing with things, hearing things and problems around” as his reason for not appearing in court.

But when she asked what he meant, Hendron gave an unintelligible response. The court asked several questions to see whether he understood what was happening, but for instance, he misidentified the Senior Magistrate as the Clerk of Court.

As it is important that defendants understand what they are facing, the court accepted the prosecutor’s offer to discontinue the case and he was let go.

 

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