MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin man who gunned down a Catholic priest and two others in a 1985 mass shooting might soon be free.
A Wisconsin appeals court on Thursday directed state health authorities to prepare to release Bryan Stanley from the Mendota Mental Health Institute with some conditions.
Stanley was found not guilty by reason of mental disease in the shooting spree at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Onalaska.
Stanley was suffering from severe mental illness when he walked into the church and gunned down the parish priest, a lay minister and a custodian.
The appeals court says Stanley has been taking his medicine and his health has improved.
The court says the state has failed to prove that releasing Stanley would present a danger to himself or others.