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Man wants jury to decide if release from mental institution is appropriate


STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAU) -- A Stevens Point man sent to a mental institution for killing his grandfather with a scissors 25 years ago is petitioning for his release from custody.

50-year-old Steven Feck was found to be mentally ill in 1989 and was pronounced not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect for the death of 76-year-old Elton Favell. Feck stabbed Favell in the kitchen of his mobile home.

Feck appeared by video link from the Winnebago Mental Health Center Friday before Judge John Finn. Feck is pursuing his right to have a jury decide if he can have conditional release from the facility.

Feck would like to appear in person for the trial, which is scheduled to take place May 1st and last less than a day. Prosecutor Veronica Isherwood requested security measures including restraints on the defendant if he is brought to Portage County.

This is not the first time Feck has petitioned the court for release. He was unsuccessful in convincing Judge Finn to release him last June.