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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  • by Brian Location: Up North on Mar 31, 2009 at 03:48 PM
    Leave it to the Doctors and the judges, he is perfectly fine to go back out in the public, I just can't beleive how these people think. Then when he kills again, it will be we just didn't think he was a danger. He should leave right next door to the judge, see how that goes over. I pity whoever he lives close to
  • by Kay Location: chippewa cty on Mar 31, 2009 at 01:13 PM
    Why put this man back on the streets? No one is going to feel safe with him in their area. Put him back in the institution he has been in. I belive the judge used poor judgement in his decision!!
  • by Deb Location: Whitehall on Mar 31, 2009 at 01:12 PM
    My condolences go out to Society. I guess the good news is, they found a cure for insanity. What ever that cure is, the Judge should take some.
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