Judge commits inmate who made threats for psychiatric evaluation

Jerry Lee McConnell won't be getting out of the Polk County Jail June 29 as expected.

DALLAS -- Jerry Lee McConnell won't be getting out of the Polk County Jail June 29 as expected.

McConnell, who talked about hurting school children, himself and others while in the jail the past year, has been committed by Judge Charles Luukinen to the state mental health and developmental disability services division for a maximum stay of 180 days.

During that time he will be evaluated by mental health professionals.

The delay in McConnell's release was made possible "through team work and diligence between the district attorney's office, the county mental health department, community correction and law enforcement, said Polk County Corrections Manager Marty Silbernagel.

He added that the commitment doesn't mean McConnell will stay in the facility a full 180 days. "The professionals there will assess him and may release him at any time," Silbernagel explained. "That could mean one day up to 180 days."

If deemed necessary, McConnell could be committed for a lengthy stay at a mental health facility while undergoing treatment.

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