MADISON, Wis. – A judge has committed a former Dane County sheriff's deputy with Lou Gehrig's disease to a mental health institution after a jury earlier found he was not legally responsible for killing his wife and sister-in-law.
Dane County Circuit Court Judge Nicholas McNamara ruled Friday that Andrew Steele is a danger to himself and others, should not be released and should instead be sent to an institution for the foreseeable future.
The 40-year-old Steele had pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease to killing his 39-year-old wife, Ashlee Steele, and her 38-year-old sister, Kacee Tollefsbol, of Lake Elmo, last August at the couple's home near Madison.
The defense convinced jurors that the man, a native of Saginaw Township, Mich., suffered from a neurocognitive disorder as a result of Lou Gehrig's disease, or ALS.
Steele broke down in court and apologized to the victims' families.