Unbehaun's third wife died while he was behind bars. Following his 2011 release, his sister and her husband bought Unbehaun, a childless widower, a trailer home in rural Rock Hill, S.C., the couple said Wednesday. Bored and alone, Unbehaun spent his days watching television or drawing and painting.
"He was living like a hermit," McLeese said. "The analogy he drew was that it was like living in solitary confinement."
McLeese told the court Thursday the onset of mild dementia may have contributed to his client's decision to rob his way back into prison. And he said the last judge who sentenced him had failed to ensure he had adequate mental health treatment.
Coleman said Unbehaun would also serve three years of closely monitored probation and that mental health services should be readily available to him.
As the hearing ended, Unbehaun requested he been sent to FCI Greenville prison in southern Illinois, walking her through the various benefits of the facility, including good work programs.
Coleman agreed to recommend that prison. She then shook her head.
"It's sad," she said, "to have a defendant who knows the facilities and knows which ones to go to."
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