Topeka man sentenced for attacks at Larned State Hospital

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PAWNEE COUNTY, Kan. (KWCH) -- About two months after pleading guilty in two attacks at the Larned State Hospital , a Topeka man faces sentencing for the crimes in Pawnee District Court.

The Pawnee County attorney says on Feb. 20, Anthony Ruiz-Hernandez, 22, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted first-degree murder. He made this plea in exchange for the state's dismissal of two counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and one count of aggravated burglary, the Pawnee Co. attorney says.

The charge against Ruiz-Hernandez stems from the two patient-on-patient attacks on Oct. 22, 2018.

"One of the patient's injuries were life-threatening at the time due to severe head trauma," the Pawnee County attorney says.

Following statement from counsel, a district court judge in Pawnee County sentenced Ruiz-Hernandez to "the standard sentence of 620 months in the custody of the Department of Corrections," the Pawnee County attorney says.

The county attorney says Ruiz-Hernandez is currently housed in the Shawnee Co. Adult Detention Center awaiting sentencing on four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against law enforcement.

A co-defendant in the attacks at the Larned State Hospital Gustavo Barrientos, of Leavenworth, pleaded not guilty on March 14 and is currently in the Leavenworth County Jail on local charges, the Pawnee County attorney says.