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Mentally ill man committed until 2071

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 1:35 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 12:06 a.m. CDT
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Luis E. Ramirez-Arguelles, 24, formerly of Round Lake Beach, previously was found not guilty by reason of insanity for the 2011 crash that killed Sonia Hume.

WOODSTOCK – A mentally ill man who drove his car head-on into another, killing the passenger inside, will be committed indefinitely for inpatient treatment, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Luis E. Ramirez-Arguelles, 24, formerly of Round Lake Beach, previously was found not guilty by reason of insanity for the 2011 crash that killed Sonia Hume.

At the time of his arrest, he told police he heard voices telling him to stop the "bad guys" in the car driven by Hume just before he crashed with her Aug. 5, 2011. He was traveling at more than 55 mph on Tryon Grove Road, just east of Barnard Mill Road, in the Hebron area.

Ramirez-Arguelles told authorities he believed he was a ninja, had special powers and could see into hearts.

The maximum Ramirez-Arguelles can be committed for mental health treatment with the Department of Human Services is 60 years, meaning he'd be eligible for release in August 2071. An earlier release is dependent on his treatment plan and subject to approval from the court, Assistant State's Attorney Sharyl Eisenstein said.

A court date for a status on his treatment plan is set for Nov. 12.

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