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Wednesday, February 10 Local

Teen slaying suspect arraigned in court

Lawyer says Plaskon is 'suffering from an active psychosis'; Judge places youth under a suicide watch in correction facility

MILFORD -- As he stood with his lawyers in the courtroom Friday morning, Christopher Plaskon had an odd look on his face, not a smile, not a blank stare, but a look eerily similar to his yearbook photo.

"He is suffering from an active psychosis," his lawyer, Richard Meehan, said later. "I do believe he is sick."

But State's Attorney Kevin Lawlor said Meehan's opinion will not likely have an effect on his prosecution of the 16-year-old Plaskon in the fatal slashing of his Jonathan Law High School classmate, Maren Sanchez.

"They are going to proceed with their theories, and we will continue our investigation of the case," the prosecutor said.

Plaskon stood in the crowded courtroom in handcuffs and shackles. He wore a blue hooded sweatshirt, blue sweatpants and white socks with no shoes. He was flanked by Meehan and judicial marshals.

Plaskon, who is being charged as an adult, remained quiet and unemotional during the brief hearing.

No family members except his uncle, Paul Healy, were present. Healy, the director of safety at Sacred Heart University and a former Milford police officer, was appointed Plaskon's guardian. Healy and the Plaskon family are reportedly very close and live next door to each other. Healy's wife, who is now deceased, used to baby-sit Plaskon.

"His parents wanted to come, and it was our recommendation that they not come and we let the uncle stand in today," Meehan said. "They are a very large family and all their hearts are broken."

The baby-faced teen is the third of five brothers.

He faces up to 60 years in prison if found guilty, with a mandatory minimum of 25 years.

His arraignment came a day after Sanchez's wake that attracted nearly 1,000 mourners.

State Superior Court Judge Frank Iannotti set a J