A La Crosse County judge has ruled a man convicted of reckless homicide in a heroin death isn't competent for sentencing.
Attorneys for Malachi Hankel argued he suffers from schizophrenia and a bipolar disorder and his prescribed medication has altered his comprehension. Judge Todd Bjerke ruled Tuesday that Hankel is not yet fit for sentencing. The 28-year-old Hankel is being treated at Mendota Mental Health Institute. WXOW-TV says a review hearing is scheduled June 30th.
Hankel has been convicted of providing the heroin that killed Thomas Tremain in the Town of Barre near La Crosse last September. The reckless homicide charge carries a maximum sentence of 40 years.