WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man who killed two police officers in 1975 managed to avoid prison by successfully pleading insanity. But Alan Randall may have been better off serving time behind bars.
He was committed to a mental health institution, even though he's not mentally ill. He's been committed for almost 40 years.
The 55-year-old has been a model patient. Had he gone to prison and behaved just as well, prosecutors speculate he would have been paroled as early as 1992.
Instead he's been committed indefinitely. He made repeated bids to get out until a jury agreed this spring to free him. A judge is expected to finalize that agreement Friday.
Mental health experts say institutional life involves severely restricted freedom, so it's not accurate to assume Randall escaped substantial punishment.