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Malachi Hankel found competent for sentencing

Malachi Hankel found competent for sentencing

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - The man convicted in a heroin overdose death of a Barre Mills man is now competent according to doctors and is now ready for sentencing.

Malachi Hankel was not present in the courtroom Monday but was available through telephone.

A doctor's report stated that Hankel has been brought to a level of competency with the use of proper medications.

In May, he was found not competent and sent to Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison for treatment.

In February, Hankel was found guilty on a reckless homicide charge in the death of Thomas Tremain in September, 2013.

Hankel's sentencing is scheduled for Wednesday, July 16th with Judge Todd Bjerke.

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