UPDATE: Wis. killer might have been better off in prison

UPDATED Thursday, September 19, 2013 --- 3:09 p.m.

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin man who killed two police officers in 1975 managed to avoid prison by successfully pleading insanity. But Alan Randall may have been better off serving time behind bars.

He was committed to a mental health institution, even though he's not mentally ill. He's been committed for almost 40 years.

The 55-year-old has been a model patient. Had he gone to prison and behaved just as well, prosecutors speculate he would have been paroled as early as 1992.

Instead he's been committed indefinitely. He made repeated bids to get out until a jury agreed this spring to free him. A judge is expected to finalize that agreement Friday.

Mental health experts say institutional life involves severely restricted freedom, so it's not accurate to assume Randall escaped substantial punishment.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


UPDATED Thursday, August 15, 2013 --- 11:05 a.m.

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- A man who's been institutionalized since killing two Waukesha County police officers as a teenager in 1975 could be a free man next month.

Alan A. Randall won tentative release in April after mental health experts testified that he hasn't suffered from a mental illness since 1989. A judge on Thursday was willing to release him, but postponed his decision for 30 days while the state tries to find housing for him.

The victims' families don't want Randall to come back to Waukesha County, and Randall would prefer to go to Madison or Neenah where he has job opportunities. But the only housing the state could find so far is in Waukesha County.

The judge set another hearing for next month to give officials more time to consider housing options.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


Posted: Saturday, April 27, 2013 --- 7:10pm

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A man who killed two Summit police officers nearly 40 years will be released from a mental health institution.

A six-person jury in Waukesha decided Thursday that Alan Randall may safely be released from Mendota Mental Health Institute.

The 54-year-old will remain there until a July 8 hearing. That's when the state Department of Health Services will present a plan to the judge for approval.

Randall was 16 when he killed Robert "Rocky" Atkins and Wayne Olson in 1975. He was found not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect, and committed to a state mental hospital.

He had tried numerous times over the years to win his release.

Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/Z5lbOk) the victims' families are upset he'll be released.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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