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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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SM    

why is this on tmz?

1429 days ago
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MaryLandEr    

This is on TMZ because, like TMZ, Discovery is a media production company. You'd be surprised at which of your beloved "stars" are a part of the "giant". Clearly this was a disturbed individual who, like the Va. Tech assailant and so many others who are perhaps a hair trigger away from this same kind of thing, have slipped through a too loose justice and, if some want to call label is this way, mental health system. But let's call a spade a spade--something is really, really wrong with our society.

1429 days ago
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Aspasia    

....so naturally he has access to guns. We have to stop considering these things news. When every nut case is allowed to have a private arsenal, these things are going to happen.

1429 days ago
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