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The man who killed 18-year-old Alyssa Elsman and injured 22 other pedestrians after walking through a crowd in Times Square in 2017 has been found not responsible for his crime due to insanity.
Richard Rojas, who suffers from schizophrenia, 31, learned of his fate on June 22.
Rojas, a US Navy veteran and Bronx native, pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, 18 counts of attempted murder and 38 counts of assault.
The jury deliberated for six hours in the case. Judge Daniel Conviser said Rojas will undergo further psychiatric testing before being sentenced to an institution.
The weeks-long trial revolved around Rojas’ mental state at the time of the horrific incident.
While his attorneys said he “lost his mind,” prosecutors said the suspect knew he was in a populated area when he drove into the crowd.
During the trial, Rojas’ brother, Wilmer Varas, testified that the killer began developing mental health problems at the age of 11, fifteen years before the Times Square attack at the age of 26.
Varas said Rojas spoke in tongues and complained of hearing voices in his head.
After the attack, Rojas told a traffic policeman: ‘he wanted to kill them all’.
Nearly two dozen people were seriously injured when he brought it down onto West 45th Street just before noon as tens of thousands walked through the world-famous site.
The sisters were beaten on the sidewalk between West 42nd and 43rd streets.
Alyssa was pronounced dead at the scene and her younger sister was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.