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Man not guilty by reason of insanity for airplane assault

Michael Tanouye (Image: Hawaii News Now) Michael Tanouye (Image: Hawaii News Now)

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - A federal judge has ruled that a Hilo man who tried to rape a woman in the bathroom of a Japan Airlines flight is not guilty by reason of insanity.

Wednesday's ruling is based on facts that Michael Tanouye's defense attorney and a prosecutor have agreed upon, including conclusions from mental health experts. Defense attorney Richard Sing says doctors have determined his client suffers from severe mental disease and didn't know what he was doing was wrong at the time of the assault.

Court documents say the October 2014 assault forced the Japan-bound flight to return to Hawaii. Documents say Tanouye forced his way into the bathroom.

U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson's verdict is the same for a charge that Tanouye assaulted an inmate at Honolulu Federal Detention Center.

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