A Holmen man, who was sent to a state hospital for attacking a police officer, could be released soon.
Joseph Smith could be granted a conditional release from the Mendota hospital within the next 60 days.
Smith was committed to 46 years, after being found not guilty by reason of mental disease, for stabbing La Crosse Officer Jon Wenger with a screwdriver during a 2006 traffic stop.
Wenger was wearing a protective vest, which limited his injuries.
Smith was shot by another officer after Wenger was wounded.
After being found not guilty of attempted murder by reason of mental illness, Smith was sent to Mendota.
He has been hospitalized for the last nine years, following a brief release.
The 36-year-old Smith is likely to be sent to a group home, if he’s released from the hospital.
La Crosse district attorney Tim Gruenke agreed with a new evaluation, suggesting Smith may be ready to stay at a group home.
Judge Gloria Doyle approved a defense motion Monday for Smith’s conditional release, and a specific plan could be approved before the end of July.