Woman accused of sneaking onto MacDill AFB found incompetent for trial
By ELAINE SILVESTRINI | Tampa Tribune | Published: August 26, 2013
The woman who authorities said sneaked on to MacDill Air Force Base four times in a three-month span was declared incompetent to stand trial Monday and ordered sent to a federal medical facility to see whether her mental competency could be restored.
Suzanne Jensen, 50, will be evaluated and treated for up to 60 days under the order of U.S. Magistrate Judge Anthony E. Porcelli.
Aside from the charges against her in Tampa, Jensen was recently arrested in Colorado.
Porcelli found Jensen to be delusional, over defense objections, after hearing from court-appointed psychologist Debra Goldsmith that the defendant suffers from delusions. Goldsmith testified Jensen can understand the nature of the proceedings, but not its consequences, and would not be able to assist in her own defense.
Jensen’s mother has said she had delusions of being a secret agent working for the government.
Jensen trespassed onto the base, home of U.S. Special Operations Command and U.S. Central Command, between Oct. 1 and Jan. 4, according to federal court records. She told base security that she twice scaled fences, one time using an overturned garbage can as a ladder.
MacDill wasn’t Jensen’s first illegal foray onto a military installation. Twice in February 2003, she illegally entered Fort Bragg and Pope Air Force Base, according to federal records, but trespassing charges were dropped in 2007 because of prosecution discretion and “the staleness” of the case. On Dec. 6, 2011, she trespassed at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Fort Myer, Va., according to court records, and later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to time served.
In June, federal prosecutors charged Jensen with four counts of entering MacDill without permission and one count of using a military identification without permission.