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Russian Mental Patient Gets 50 Years In Massachusetts Psych Ward For Stabbing American Foster Parents To Death In St. Thomas

PUTIN’S PRIDE: Mikhail Young, a native of Russia who was dumped on unsuspecting Christian parents in America, showed his gratitude to his elderly parents by savagely stabbing them to death in St. Thomas while on vacation.

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A Russian mental patient who stabbed his American foster parents to death while on vacation in St. Thomas more than two years ago, will spend the next five decades in Massachusetts psychological facilities, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned.

Mikhail Young, 26, of Sudbury, Mass. pleaded guilty to manslaughter at a June 22 hearing, according to the U.S. Virgin Islands’ Department of Justice.

Young slaughtered his mother Jane Young, 66, and father Kenneth Young, 73, on May 2, 2015, while they were at a resort on vacation. Later that day, he asked resort employees to book him an immediate flight back to the U.S. His parents’ bodies were discovered after he left the islands and Sudbury Police arrested Young on May 4 after island authorities contacted them.

In June 2015, authorities in the Virgin Islands obtained a warrant charging Young with two counts each of first- and second-degree murder, as well as several assault and weapons charges.

“Mr. Young was diagnosed with having mental illness since the age of 5,” said Corliss Smithen, a spokeswoman for the Virgin Islands Department of justice. “He has been evaluated and it was determined that the killing of his adopted parents was the result of his ongoing mental illness.”

Young’s Massachusetts attorney, Stanley Norkunas, fought having Young sent to the territory due to Young’s mental disabilities. However, a court ruled against him.

In early June, the Department of Justice attempted to bring Young to the Virgin Islands to be arraigned and for a change of plea and sentencing hearings. However, Young’s aberrant behavior prevented him being flown to the islands.

“The Department of Justice attempted to bring Mr. Young back to the territory to face charges, but at the time, Mr. Young began to eat away at the flesh of both of his wrists,” Smithen said. “Therefore, the airlines did not allow him to travel and other agencies that we partnered with in the past refused to provide assistance based on Mr. Young’s condition.”

After the incident, Young was civilly committed to Bridgewater State Hospital. While there, doctors evaluated him and it was determined that he could participate in a hearing if on the proper medication, but a trial would be too stressful, Smithen said.

On June 22, during a video conference from Massachusetts to the territory, Young pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and using a dangerous weapon during a crime of violence.

Young was sentenced to a 50-year sentence to be served at Bridgewater State Hospital or any other mental facility the Department of Correction chooses.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 50 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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