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Man arrested at Phoenix fan event ruled guilty but insane

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Posted at 12:02 PM, Jan 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-24 14:02:47-05

PHOENIX - A 32-year-old Phoenix man who authorities said carried several loaded guns and other weapons into a 2017 fan convention has been sentenced to spend nearly 11 years in the state mental hospital.

The Arizona Republic reports that Judge Jennifer Ryan-Touhill sentenced Mathew Sterling after finding him guilty but insane.

Police and court records said Sterling had planned an attack at the popular convention, previously called Phoenix Comicon and now known as Phoenix Fan Fushion.

Police were contacted about Sterling making online threats about killing officers, according to law enforcement. ?Police found and arrested Sterling at the convention and nobody was injured.

Ryan-Touhill held a bench trial for Sterling in December but did not announce her verdict until Friday.