A Wisconsin jury found a former sheriff’s deputy with Lou Gehrig’s disease not legally responsible for the murder of Ashlee Steele, and her sister, Kacee Tollefsbol of Lake Elmo.
Both Ashlee and Kacee were graduates of Stillwater Area High School.
Andrew Steele, 40, will be committed for life to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, according to the Associated Press. Following a predisposition investigation by the Department of Health Services, Judge Nicholas McNamara will decide if Steele will be sent to an institution or released.
According to the AP, Steele showed little emotion as a Dane County judge read the verdict early Thursday.
Ashlee Steele was strangled with a plastic zip tie and shot in the head at the couple’s home near Madison, according to the criminal complaint. Tollefsbol was shot in the lower abdomen, but called 911 before she died.
Steele tried to kill himself with carbon monoxide by lighting charcoal in the laundry room of the home, investigators said.
Steele originally pleaded not guilty by reason of mental illness to two counts of first-degree intentional murder. He later changed his plea, pleading guilty to the crime, but maintained he was not legally responsible by reason of mental disease.
Kacee Tollefsbol is survived by her husband Mark Tollefsbol and four children. Ashlee Steele is survived by her two children.
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