A Sparta man who has been in and out of mental hospitals after stabbing and wounding a La Crosse policeman will spend some time in the county jail, temporarily.
The latest public release for 37-year-old Joseph Smith was recently revoked, but his attorney objects to having Smith kept in the jail, because he might not get the mental health services he needs.
Prosecutor Jessica Skemp, however, said Smith is going back to a state hospital, eventually. They just have to wait for a bed to open up there.
In March of 2006,
He was found not guilty of attempted murder, by reason of insanity.
Every six months, Smith is allowed to ask for a release from state custody, and Judge Gloria Doyle says Smith should think about whether being released is the best thing for him.
Smith made his latest release request in December.