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Madison man convicted of reckless homicide ruled "not competent" for sentencing

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LA CROSSE (WKOW) -- A Madison man is still not mentally fit to face sentencing for the drug overdose death of a La Crosse County man. 

Our affiliate, WXOW, reports a judge made the ruling Tuesday that 28-year-old Malachi Hankel is not competent for sentencing.  Hankel remains under treatment at a mental facility and did not appear in court Tuesday.

According to one psychiatric report, Hankel continues to suffer from mental health issues.  Hankel pleaded guilty to reckless homicide for providing drugs that killed Thomas Tremain last September in Town of Barre.

In April, Hankel's attorneys said he suffers from a bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and Hankel's medication has altered his ability to think. 

Hankel faces a maximum of 40 years in prison.  His next court hearing is scheduled for June 30.

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