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Stevens Point man found insane in 1990 seeks freedom

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STEVENS POINT (WKOW) -- A jury will decide if a Stevens Point man who has spent 25 years in a mental hospital for fatally stabbing his grandfather with a scissors will be released back into society.

According to our affiliate WAOW, Steven Feck, now 50, was sent to the Winnebago Mental Health Facility in 1990 after he was found not guilty by reason of insanity in his grandfather's death. Elton Favell died at his Stevens Point home in 1989.

Until 1990, people who were determined to be insane and were committed to a mental hospital could request that a jury consider whether or not they could be treated in the community. The changed law gave that power to judges.

Attorneys say that because the crime involving Feck happened in 1989, laws on the books at that time still apply.

At Feck's trial, which is scheduled for May 1, doctors will testify about Feck and whether he is safe to be returned to society. Feck appeared before a Portage County circuit judge on Friday via video conference. The judge ordered the trial.

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