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Convict in fatal Sauk County crash may remain free

  • Associated Press
  • June 24, 2014 - 11:05 AM

BARABOO, Wis. — A forensic case manager has recommended treatment in a community setting for a man found not to be mentally responsible for a fatal crash in Sauk County.

According to a criminal complaint, Casey Wright claimed he was trying to get away from demons when he crashed into an oncoming vehicle in Lake Delton, killing 22-year-old Lisa Mikec in August 2012.

Wright, of Wisconsin Dells, pleaded no contest to homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle. But Sauk County Circuit Court Judge Patrick Taggart found the 28-year-old guilty, but not responsible because of a mental condition after a psychological evaluation.

A representative of Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, Inc. recommended that Wright be conditionally released and treated in a community setting, according to the Baraboo News Republic (http://bit.ly/TrTRNW ). Taggart had previously said he would sentence Wright to treatment based on the recommendation.

A formal sentencing date is not yet set.

Mikec's mother, Pam Mikec, said she was shocked to hear Wright may be placed in a community setting.

"I feel like we're being victimized all over again," Mikec said. "If he is too mentally ill to face the charges, what makes anyone think he's well enough to be released into the community? My beautiful daughter is lying in a cold grave while Casey Wright walks free."

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