Former patient pleads guilty to assaulting nurse at Montana hospital

A 31-year-old man pleaded guilty Thursday to assaulting at nurse at Montana State Hospital in Warm Springs, according to the Montana Standard.

Ross Michael Robertson, who was being treated for schizophrenia at Montana State Hospital when the incident occurred Jan. 10, 2012, pleaded guilty to felony aggravated assault. In court, Mr. Robertson said he has no recollection of the events, according to the report.

According to an affidavit, Mr. Robertson became agitated after the nurse told him to change shirts. He was wearing a brown sweatshirt instead of a gray t-shirt he was required to wear to designate his status on the forensic unit. As the nurse walked away, Mr. Robertson pushed her, and she flew backwards about 10 feet.

The nurse lost consciousness and was taken to a hospital in Anaconda, Mont., and treated for a traumatic brain injury.

A sentencing date for Mr. Robertson has not been set.

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