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Olson denied release from institution

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The man who pleaded guilty to murder in the death of his neighbor won't get out of a mental institution.

Court records show that James Olson, 53, was denied conditional release from the Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison on Monday. He had submitted a petition for conditional release in October. A prosecutor and Olson's lawyer gave their arguments during a hearing in Eau Claire County court on Monday, and the court ended up denying Olson's request.

Investigators say Olson killed Paul Oberle with a crowbar in June 2012. Oberle had just returned home from working an overnight shift at a grocery store. After Olson's guilty plea in April, the court found him Not Guilty by Reason of Mental Disease or Defect, and he was committed.


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