MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A 25-year-old Missoula man has pleaded guilty to beating his grandmother to death with a chair in December 2013, shortly after he was released from the state psychiatric hospital.

Tyler Dan Perry pleaded guilty but mentally ill to deliberate homicide during his arraignment before District Judge Karen Townsend on Tuesday.

Prosecutors charged Perry with killing his 72-year-old grandmother, Carol Perry, while she was lying on the couch watching television.

Court records said Tyler Perry told investigators his grandmother had a “third eye” and that “everybody knew we had to bash her over the head.”

KECI-TV reports Perry was returned to the state hospital for ongoing treatment. Deputy Missoula County Attorney Jason Marks says the plea agreement calls for a 60-year commitment to the Department of Public Health and Human Services when Perry is sentenced on May 12.


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