New York man claims mushrooms made him kill his father

By David Edwards
Friday, October 12, 2012 10:38 EDT
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A man in central New York who murdered his father says that psychedelic drugs are at least partially to blame.

Herman Tolbert Jr., 24, plead guilty on Thursday to a reduced charge of first-degree manslaughter for killing Herman Tolbert Sr. with a butcher knife, according to The Post-Standard.

Chief Assistant District Attorney Matthew Doran told state Supreme Court Justice John Brunetti that Tolbert had a history of mental issues which were amplified when he took hallucinogenic mushrooms three days before the killing.

Tolbert suffered from emotional distress due to a reaction to the mushrooms, Doran said.

Because of the plea deal, Brunetti agreed to give Tolbert a sentence of between 15 and 20 years in prison. Sentencing was scheduled for Dec. 4.

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(h/t: New York Daily News)

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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