Kanawha Circuit Judge Duke Bloom deferred sentencing a man convicted of kidnapping pending the completion of a 60-day psychiatric evaluation.
Justin Joel Green, 31, pleaded guilty to felony reckless disregard for the safety of others and felony unlawful wounding in December for his role in a kidnapping that was livestreamed on Facebook.
Green was scheduled to be sentenced Thursday afternoon, but Bloom ordered a 60-day evaluation for Green before he handed down his sentence.
Green’s defense attorney, John Sullivan, and Kanawha Assistant Prosecutor Zoe Shavers didn’t object or make arguments when Bloom said he wanted the evaluation.
Green is a U.S. Army veteran, who was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after he served eight years and two tours as an infantryman in Iraq, he said during his hearing in December.
Bloom didn’t reschedule Green’s sentencing Thursday.
Shavers represented the prosecution Thursday after assistant prosecutor Fred Giggenbach, who had worked on the case for the prosecution, was fired earlier in the day.
No one addressed Giggenbach’s departure during the hearing.
Green said he met up with a