- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 31, 2009

LA CROSSE, WIS. (AP) - A Wisconsin judge has approved the release of a man who was found insane when he killed a Catholic priest and two others in a church nearly 30 years ago.

Bryan Stanley had claimed to be a prophet sent to cleanse St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Onalaska when he gunned down the victims in 1985.

His release was approved Tuesday by La Crosse County Judge Ramona Gonzalez. His decision followed a November ruling by a state appeals court that determined prosecutors failed to prove that releasing Stanley from a mental hospital would present a danger to himself or the public.

Stanley was found not guilty by reason of mental disease and was committed indefinitely to a state psychiatric hospital.

Conditions of Stanley’s release are confidential.


Information from: La Crosse Tribune, https://www.lacrossetribune.com

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