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Police: Psych patient confesses because jail is better than hospital

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The sign outside the Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital is displayed in this undated image. (File/FOX5) The sign outside the Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital is displayed in this undated image. (File/FOX5)

A patient at Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital confessed to his role in a fatal shooting five years ago because the conditions in jail are better than at the hospital, according to an arrest report.

Henry Perez, 28, was charged Wednesday with murder with a deadly weapon, three counts of discharging a gun into a structure and possession of a gun by a prohibited person in connection with the June 7, 2008, shooting death of Alejandro Fuentes.

According to the Las Vegas Metro police report, the fatal shooting happened at a housing complex on Calcaterra Circle near Paradise Road.

Perez called detectives and said he wanted to go to jail because it was better than being in a mental facility, according to the report.

Initially, detectives had their doubts about the validity of Perez's confession, according to the report, but moved ahead with the investigation after Perez provided details about the case that were not released to the public, including where Fuentes' body laid, when he was shot and the fact that bullets struck buildings.

The report said that Perez told police the shooting began after Fuentes demanded to take his shoes back from Perez and then spit at his feet, which he interpreted as a sign of disrespect.

According to the report, Perez denied involvement in the shooting when he was questioned in 2008.

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