Cincinnati — A former Cincinnati-area bartender charged with threatening to kill House Speaker John Boehner has pleaded not guilty after being found competent to stand trial.

A U.S. District Court judge in Cincinnati found Michael Hoyt competent Wednesday based on a report from a federal medical center in Massachusetts where Hoyt had been sent for mental evaluation and treatment.

Court documents indicate he has a history of mental illness. A defense attorney said he plans to argue Hoyt is not guilty by reason of insanity, though that’s not allowed as a plea.

A separate criminal complaint says Hoyt was fired last fall from a suburban Cincinnati country club where Boehner is a member. Authorities say Hoyt said he began hearing the devil’s voice after his firing, telling him Boehner was “evil.”

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Read or Share this story: