August 30, 2015

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Defendant found incompetent for third time

MEDINA — A judge dismissed a felony case against a 40-year-old Burbank man who was found incompetent to stand trial last week for the third time since 1996.

Eugene A. Riffle was accused of having a stolen GMC Safari in June.

Eugene Riffle

Riffle was charged with receiving a stolen motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony punishable by up to 1½ years in prison.

Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier ordered in July that Riffle should undergo a psychiatric assessment.

The Psycho-Diagnostic Clinic of Akron found Riffle was incompetent and “that there is not a substantial probability that the defendant will be competent to stand trial within one year,” according to court records.

A doctor said Riffle has severe, permanent cognitive impairments.

This was Riffle’s ninth felony case in two decades in Medina and Wayne county courts — including charges of vehicle theft, receiving stolen motor vehicles, aggravated vehicular assault, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, breaking and entering and stealing checks.

In 2011, Riffle was sent to Akron’s Haven of Rest Ministries, a rehabilitation center, after successfully pleading not guilty by reason of insanity.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.


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Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He has been with The Gazette since September 2012 and also serves as the newspaper's web editor. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.