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Sep 11, 2013 9:07 AM by AP

Judge sets bail for Angola gate crasher

ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (AP) - A Houma man, who crashed an SUV through the front gate at Louisiana State Penitentiary on Sunday, is being held on a $225,000 bail and must undergo a judge-ordered mental health examination.

Floyd Lee Tillman and his children were not injured in the incident, although Angola officers shot out the back window of their vehicle.

The Advocate reports Tillman appeared before a state judge to be formally advised of the charges against him and to have his bail set.

Tillman was booked with felonies of cruelty to juveniles, simple criminal damage to property and misdemeanors of remaining on land after being forbidden and simple trespassing. On Monday, deputies added a count of attempted second-degree murder against Tillman because of the collision with an investigator's car.

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