Douglas Edward Mock admitted Friday in District Court that he shot his wife in the head.
During a 15-minute hearing before Judge G. Todd Baugh, Mock quietly told the judge that he was responsible for the shooting on May 3 last year at the couple's Heights home.
"Was this on purpose?" Baugh asked Mock, who moments before pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted deliberate homicide.
"No, I wasn't in my right mind," answered Mock, 43.
The shooting left his wife, Lori Mock, with lasting injuries. She attended the hearing in a wheelchair. She did not speak during the proceedings.
Lori Mock was shot twice in the head with a .22-caliber pistol at 2311 Hyacinth Drive. In court records, prosecutors said Douglas Mock called 911 at about 6:30 a.m. to report the shooting, and then shot himself in the head while speaking with the operator.
Mock suffered a superficial wound and was arrested two days later when he was released from St. Vincent Healthcare. He has remained in the county jail on $250,000 bond since his arrest.
Mock's trial had been scheduled to begin Tuesday, but on May 19 he signed a plea agreement with prosecutors. Deputy County Attorney Scott Twito said the agreement calls for Mock to receive a 30-year commitment to the state Department of Public Health and Human Services.
The agreement is based on psychiatric reports that found Mock suffers from a mental disease or defect, Twito said. The reports explaining Mock's diagnosis are confidential.
When asked Friday by Baugh if Mock was under the influence of any drugs or alcohol, defense attorney Vern Woodward said his client is taking psychotropic medications by prescription.
The judge said he had reviewed the sealed medical records and the plea agreement appeared to be an appropriate resolution to the criminal case.
A sentencing hearing will be scheduled later. Baugh told Mock that by state statute, he could receive a possible maximum prison term of 10 to 100 years on the attempted murder charge, and an additional 2 to 10 years for using a weapon during the crime.
Twito said Lori Mock was consulted and agreed to the conditions of the plea agreement.
As part of his commitment to the state DPHHS, Mock will receive mental health treatment at a state hospital or other facility. If the treatment ends, Mock must return to District Court for a hearing to determine an appropriate placement.