Not sure what to make of this. There's definitely a helluva lot wrong with the situation. You certainly shouldn't be able to medicate somebody to make them sane enough to mainline. There's also a big problem with the way sanity is handled here. Like I've said before, you don't always get to hang the bad guy. At the same time, he was going to get the Hinkley treatment. They were going to keep him locked away forever. I don't think the end result here is going to be any different. Now he'll get the Unabomber treatment. It's not like they're going to throw his crazy ass in with the other killers. I guess my biggest problem is that now he's just going to go down as a murderer and lifer now. I'd have rather his legacy was that of crazy fuck in need of serious mental health. Perhaps some progress might have come from that. None comes from a guilty plea.
There is the possibility that the judge doesn't accept his plea. In the past he was declared incompetent to stand trial. Seems odd that he's suddenly competent to plead guilty now.
I don't have a problem with institutionalizing the man for life, that really might just be the best situation for everyone. But, the article says the he could face the death penalty if found guilty. I don't know the specifics of Arizona law, and how they determine if the death penalty should be applied, but it shouldn't even be a possibility, given what we know about the man.
Right now he's being charged with the federal crime. That's why he'll wind up in the Colorado ADMAX. It appears that the Hinkley thing really pissed some people off, so Congress made an insanity defense a lost cause. It's really only useful as a mitigating factor in the sentencing phase.
Should he be tried in Arizona, there's no such thing as not guilty due to insanity. They can only find you guilty but insane, which defers your prison sentence until you're cured.
Pretty much bullshit on all counts, but that's what we get for living in a society with such a giant hard-on for revenge.