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La Crosse killer ordered back to mental-health facility

Published On: May 26 2013 07:48:33 PM CDT
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A federal judge on Wednesday struck down the death penalty in California, calling the system arbritrary and unconstitutional. "California's death penalty system is so plagued by inordinate and unpredictable delay that the death sentence is actually carried out against only a trivial few of those sentenced to death," U.S. District Court Judge Cormac Carney wrote. "For all practical purposes then, a sentence of death in California is a sentence of life imprisonment with the remote possibility of death -- a sentence no rational legislature or jury could ever impose."

LA CROSSE, Wis. -

A man convicted of killing three people at a Wisconsin church nearly 30 years ago has been ordered back to a state mental-health facility. That's because an appeals court confirmed that he violated conditions of his release.

A judge ruled last year that Bryan Stanley failed to report that he was experiencing violent thoughts for more than a year. The 57-year-old appealed the decision but an appeals court on Friday upheld the lower court's ruling.

Stanley had been found not guilty by reason of mental disease after shooting custodian William Hammes, the Rev. John Rossiter and lay minister Ferdinand Roth Sr. in 1985.

Hammes's daughter, Rose Hammes, told the La Crosse Tribune she's relieved by the ruling.

Defense attorney Thomas Hayes said he expects his client will be disappointed.

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