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Virginia ex-sheriff’s lawyer seeks competency evaluation

NORFOLK (AP) The attorney for a former Tidewater Virginia sheriff convicted of federal bribery charges last year has requested a competency evaluation before sentencing, saying his client’s mental health has declined rapidly.

In a motion filed Friday in U.S. District Court, defense attorney James Broccoletti said former Norfolk Sheriff Bob McCabe suffers from early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, The Virginian-Pilot reported. Broccoletti asked the court to order a psychiatric or psychological examination of his client to determine if he’s mentally competent. To be found competent, a defendant must be able to understand the proceedings and help with their defense. Usually, competency issues are raised before a trial, not sentencing.

McCabe, 63, was convicted of 11 bribery and public corruption charges in August. He denied soliciting and taking bribes from two businessmen who had contracts with the city’s jail.

Sentencing was scheduled for Friday, but has been pushed back to May 20.

McCabe, who is kept in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day, also now suffers from dizziness and vertigo, according to his attorney’s motion.

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