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Treatment, not jail recommended for man who caused deadly crash

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BARABOO (WKOW) -- A forensic case manager recommended treatment in a community setting for a man found guilty, but not mentally responsible for a fatal Sauk County crash in August 2012.

The criminal complaint in the case states 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.

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

A representative of Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, Inc. recommended Wright be conditionally released and treated in a community setting, according to a report by the Baraboo News Republic 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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