Attorney: Family Dollar robbery suspect mentally incompetent

Susan Penland is accused in the May 3 robbery of Family Dollar in Lisbon

LISBON, Ohio (WKBN) — An Alliance woman who police said was put in a choke hold during a foiled robbery attempt at the Family Dollar in Lisbon said she is mentally incompetent to stand trial.

The Morning Journal reports that the attorney for Susan Penland told Columbiana County Common Pleas Court Judge Scott Washam that he wanted permission to have his client examined by experts to determine whether or not she is mentally incompetent to stand trial. The motion was granted during Friday’s hearing.

Penland, 59, is charged with robbery, kidnapping and safe-cracking for trying to rob the Family Dollar in Lisbon on May 3. Prosecutors say Penland, who was armed with a handgun, tied up a store clerk and ordered an assistant manager to open the safe. While opening the safe, the clerk managed to get untied and put Penland in a choke hold until Penland went unconscious.

Penland spent more than five days in a hospital as a result of her injuries.

On Friday, Penland’s defense attorney, Steve Fannin, told the court that Penland has been experiencing hallucinations, loss of appetite and having problems sleeping and being lucid in her conversations.

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