Aubrey found not guilty by reason of insanity

HOOPA VALLEY, Calif. (KIEM) – After two years, a judge finds Antone Richard Aubrey IV not guilty by reason of insanity to second degree murder.

The prosecution stems from Aubrey’s actions on February 17, 2018. A conversation between Aubrey and his sister, Angel Aubrey, turned violent behind the Hoopa Mini Mart when Aubrey shot his sister in the head at close range with a sawed-off shotgun.

During the trial, three experts offered differing opinions on Aubrey’s mental state at the time of the shooting. Two claimed he was unable to understand that his actions were wrong and one said he did have the ability to understand the nature of his actions and that they were wrong.

Aubrey will now be committed to Napa State Hospital.

After six months, he has the right to periodically apply for release. If that happens, then a Humboldt County judge would determine if Aubrey would be a danger to the health and safety of others during a one year period of supervision and treatment in the community.

Then, an additional trial would be held to determine whether his sanity had been restored and unconditional release should be granted.