Former Wisconsin Deputy Sent to Mental Health Center
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge has committed a former Dane County sheriff's deputy with Lou Gehrig's disease to a mental health institution after a jury earlier found he was not legally responsible for killing his wife and sister-in-law.
The judge ruled that Andrew Steele is a danger to himself and others, should not be released and instead sent to an institution for the foreseeable future. The 40-year-old Steele had pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease to killing his 39-year-old wife, Ashlee and her 38-year-old sister Kacee Tollefsbol of Lake Elmo, Minnesota last year at the couple's home near Madison.
The defense convinced jurors that Steele suffered from a neurocognitive disorder as a result of ALS.