Staskal to remain institutionalized

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Ted Sullivan
Saturday, May 1, 2010
— A former Milton man who killed his sister in 1984 will remain in a mental health institution despite his request to live in a group home under electronic monitoring, a Rock County judge decided.

Mark Staskal, 46, canít be released from the Mendota Mental Health Institute to the Campbell House Group Home in Sauk City because he is a danger to himself and others, Judge Michael Fitzpatrick decided.

Staskal fatally stabbed his younger sister, Marcy, in their Milton home in 1984. He was found not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect and sent to Mendota.

Staskalís request for release from Mendota was the latest of about 10 petitions since 1987.

Staskal was released to a group home in Eau Claire in November 2007 after gaining approval from Judge Michael Byron.

Ten days later, the state took Staskal back to Mendota because he was having ďthoughts and dreamsĒ about people involved in murder and rape.

The state decided Staskal was a risk to the community and filed a petition to revoke his release.

Byron in December 2007 denied the stateís petition and ordered that Staskal could return to a group home.

Staskal continued to live at Mendota until a new release plan was approved in July 2008. The plan called for Staskal to have escorted trips outside Mendota before being released from the institution.

The decision was controversial, however, because it was unclear whether the judge required public disclosure or court approval of Staskalís new address when he moved.

The state, however, never found a new home for Staskal until the request for release to the Campbell House was made in November 2009.

Fitzpatrick, the new judge assigned to Staskalís case, said in a February order that the Campbell House lacked structure and supervision required to monitor Staskal.

Fitzpatrick wrote that Staskalís psychiatric history of delusions, behavioral disorders and anxiety made him a danger. He added that Staskal couldnít support himself or his treatment.

Fitzpatrick ordered that a judge must approve any future release plans for Staskal, including whether Staskal is allowed unescorted trips outside Mendota.

Last updated: 1:57 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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