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Hankel not fit for sentencing in heroin death

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- A man convicted of reckless homicide in the death of another man in September 2013 isn't considered fit for sentencing.

A judge in La Crosse County ruled Tuesday in the case of Malachi Hankel, 28. He was convicted of providing the heroin that killed Thomas Tremain last September. Hankel is being treated at Mendota Mental Health Institute. His lawyers argued that he has schizophrenia and a bipolar disorder. They went on to say that his prescribed medication altered his comprehension. Court records show that the case was suspended on April 23.

The reckless homicide charge carries a maximum sentence of 40 years. A review hearing is scheduled for June 30.


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