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Residents apprehensive about Staskal release

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Gazette Staff
November 1, 2007
— Some residents here are apprehensive about a mentally ill killer living in their community.

On Wednesday, Rock County Judge Michael Byron ordered the conditional release of Mark Staskal, 44, from Mendota Mental Health Institute to The Bernice & Genevieve Foundation, a group home in Eau Claire.


In 1984, Staskal stabbed his 16-year-old sister, Marcy, to death in their Milton home. Staskal was found not guilty by reason of mental disease.


Im against it, said Gary Greenfield, who lives two houses from the group home at 3806 Woodcrest Court, the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram reported this morning.


Theres a big difference between rehabilitating people with disabilities and housing people with violent histories such as Staskal, Greenfield said.


Another neighbor, Roy Schlachtenhaufen, said that when the home opened, he was assured that it would not house violent or felony-level offenders.


Its a little frustrating, he said. Im amazed that we didnt get notification. Whether its required or not, its necessary in terms of being a good neighbor.


I wanted to be a good neighbor, but this changes things.


Neighbors also said theyre concerned about security, the effect on property values and whether the location of the group home violates any restrictive covenants, the Leader-Telegram reported.



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