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'Discovery' Gunman

Ordered to Mental Institution in '08

9/1/2010 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

James Jay Lee -- the gunman currently holed up with hostages at Discovery Channel headquarters -- was ordered to a mental institution after a 2008 environmental protest ... TMZ has learned.

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Lee was arrested for disorderly conduct during his protest outside Discovery headquarters in Maryland two years ago -- after allegedly trying to draw a crowd by throwing money all over the sidewalk.

Lee was found guilty of disorderly conduct -- and the court ordered him to serve time in a mental institution.

But according to sources, Lee never stepped inside a hospital -- we're told he was released after 14 days in a local jail ... and got off with 2 years supervised probation.

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tiffany     

He only spent 14 days in jail for his last offense. Look what happened. They should have followed up on his status and made sure he went to a mental facility. My heart goes out to all those involved and hope this turns out better than expected.

1325 days ago
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jen    

Al Gore's fault!

1325 days ago
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Cartman    

Obamacare should've saved him, LOL

1325 days ago
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sloppy seconds    

kill this stupid ricer!

1325 days ago
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vaginalrash    

what a worthless piece of douche. put a bullet in this douches head. if he doesn't like it here go the f@#k back to where he is from. he may be native by birth but he is a terrorist by nature. F'n kill the bastard.

1325 days ago
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elliespots    

so comforting to know that people who have been ordered to a mental institution can go out and buy guns.

1325 days ago
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sean    

He reminds me of the Virginia Tech. mass murderer Cho he has the same look in his slanty eyes.

1325 days ago
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Flower    

So the two years supervision has ended...and look where he is now. He wants to "exterminate parasitic humans". Let's start with him.

1325 days ago
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alynn    

sloppy seconds and sean are such racists!! Stick to the issues rather than make unnecessary racial comments. By such comments, it only shows ignorance.

1325 days ago
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Barbarascy    

I will never understand why authorities don't take mental illness more seriously. If this man is truly mentally ill and depending on what that mental illness he has the potential to be very violent. He can do great harm to others as well as himself. Paranoid schizophrenics who do not take meds can be killers one minute and totally docile the next. This man has no business walking the streets if he is that ill.

1325 days ago
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daninchardon    

Yet again, another leftwing domestic terrorist.

1325 days ago
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Madison    

Why is this on TMZ!?! Stick to celebrity gossip!!!!

1325 days ago
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dennis in sac    

I think he's mad cause he has a F***ed up hairline. Oh well, off ya go!!!!

1325 days ago
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Tracy    

Check out the video he made for a TV show he wanted to produce about the destruction of Earth!

http://starcasm.net/archives/63486

1325 days ago
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me    

You know, I don't understand how the sytem does not follow up on these matters and just let's people go walking free.. didn't something similar happen with the last guy who went on a rampage at a school campues a couple of years ago? he also had records of being mentally unstabled?

1325 days ago
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