He first drew notice in 1981, when as a 15-year-old he operated an E train six stops from 34th Street to the World Trade Center without the conductor or passengers reporting anything amiss.
His lawyer, Sally Butler, said Mr. McCollum's well-chronicled acts were a result of uncontrollable impulses attributable to what is commonly referred to as Asperger's syndrome, which mental-health authorities now call autism-spectrum disorder.
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