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Andrew Steele's attorney petitions for his release

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The attorney for Andrew Steele has petitioned to have him released from a mental health facility.

Court records show the petition for conditional release was filed Monday.

Steele was sent to a state mental health institution after a jury found him not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect in a double-homicide case.

The verdict came at the end of 10 hours of deliberation in April, after Steele was tried for the deaths of his wife, Ashlee Steele and his sister-in-law, Kacee Tollefsbol, at the Steele's Fitchburg home in August of 2014.

Steele is suffering from ALS and his attorneys argued during the trial his actions were a result of the disease.  Steele was a former Dane County Sheriff's Deputy.

Steele's attorney, Jessa Nicholson, tells 27 News if the court grants a supervised release they would then need to approve a release plan.  There is no possibility of him being released to an out of state facility, however, he would need to go to a facility with ventilator capabilities.  We are told there are only three of those facilities in Wisconsin, one in Dane County, Milwaukee County and another up north.  Steele is not on a ventilator, but doctors have told his attorney it could be as little as a few weeks before he may need to be placed on one.

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