04/12/2013 04:27 EDT | Updated 06/12/2013 05:12 EDT

Hearing date set for snow plow cop killer found not criminally responsible

TORONTO - A mentally ill man who was found not criminally responsible for killing a Toronto police officer with a snow plow will have a hearing to determine his status later this month.

A jury found that Richard Kachkar, 46, was mentally disturbed and couldn't appreciate what he was doing when he killed Sgt. Ryan Russell, 35, two years ago.

A hearing before the Ontario Review Board, which manages people found not criminally responsible in the province, has been scheduled for April 26 and will take place in a Toronto courtroom.

The board will determine whether Kachkar will be sent to a mental hospital or released into the community.

If he is sent to a hospital the board will review Kachkar's case annually and only when they decide he is no longer a significant threat to the safety of the public will they release him.

Under changes proposed by the Conservative government, people found not criminally responsible and designated a high-risk offender could have their time between hearings lengthened to three years.