What was described as a knife-wielding crazy man inside a Newport grocery store at 3 in the morning and who was subsequently shot by officers has been found guilty except for insanity. Troy Holmes was found guilty of second degree robbery by Judge Bachart and sentenced to ten years at the Oregon State Hospital in Salem where he will be supervised and treated for his insanity by state psychiatrists.
During the night of the incident, Holmes was reported to be inside the JC Market at Highway 101 and 20, wielding the knife in the frozen food section of the store. Police say arriving officers approached him and asked him to put the knife down. Officers said Holmes came at them – they fired a tazer but he kept coming. Another officer then shot him with his police revolver.
Holmes was rushed to PCH where the bullet was removed. He has since recovered from the wound.
Holmes’ ten year sentence is just that, a ten year sentence. He will remain under the supervision and care of State Hospital medical officials during that time. After ten years, a separate psychiatric review board will evaluate Holmes and determine whether he can be released and if so, under what conditions.