Onalaska Priest Murderer Ordered Released From Mental Hospital

A La Crosse County judge has approved the release of a man found insane in killing a Catholic priest and two others in a church nearly 30 years ago.

Judge Ramona Gonzalez's decision Tuesday followed a November ruling by a state appeals court that determined prosecutors failed to prove that releasing Bryan Stanley from a mental hospital would present a danger to himself or the public.

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.

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

All conditions of Stanley's release were ordered confidential.


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