Misdiagnosed Man Sues After 20 Years in a Psychiatric Hospital

A Florida man who was released last year from a Nebraska psychiatric hospital is now suing the hospital and staff for $22 million due to the misdiagnosis that kept him hospitalized for 20 years. John Maxwell Montin, 52, was arrested in 1992 following an incident in which he reportedly approached a southwestern Nebraska house and told the residents that he was claiming the property which had belonged to his ancestors. After an 11-hour standoff with police, which included an exchange of gunfire, Montin received more than 20 charges, including attempted murder and weapons charges. Despite an alternate version of events read at his trial (which suggested that the homeowners had possessed the weapons), Montin was found not guilty by reason of insanity for false imprisonment and use of a weapon. The jury dismissed all of the other charges. He was then ordered confined to the Lincoln Regional Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. Relying exclusively on initial police reports, hospital staff diagnosed him as suffering from a delusional disorder and treated him with anti-psychotic medication that he eventually discontinued on his own.

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