Army officer who was ruled mentally insane after stealing APC is being released


The Virginia National Guard officer who took an armored vehicle on a joyride and was found not guilty by reason of insanity was given a conditional release.

In 2018, Joshua Yabut, 31, led police on a chase that lasted sixty-five miles and ended in Richmond after leaving Fort Pickett without authorization.

Then a first lieutenant, Yabut told doctors that he believed he was on a “confidential” mission and was eventually diagnosed with bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Yabut was later deemed to be mentally incapable of knowing what he had done and is to be released into the general public, provided that he is regularly checked on.

“If at any time the court finds reasonable grounds to believe that Yabut has violated the conditions of release, or is no longer a proper subject for conditional release, and that he requires inpatient hospitalization, the court may order an evaluation and may revoke his conditional release, or hold him in contempt for violation of the conditional release plan,” Nottoway Commonwealth’s Attorney Leanne Watrous said in a release.

Yabut, now adjudicated mentally defective, is prohibited from owning firearms.

According to The Roanoke Times, Yabut once traveled to Iraq on his own last year, claiming he could “solve everything” once he got there.

Yabut was deployed to Afghanistan in 2008 with the Illinois National Guard and remains a member of the Virginia Guard, who will decide what to do with him once he clears the civilian courts system.

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