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Son of former judge gets life in mental facility

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The son of a former judge has been sentenced to life in a mental health facility for killing a woman in a Milwaukee park last year.

Dane County Judge Sarah O’Brien found 33-year-old James Donegan not guilty of first-degree intentional homicide by reason of mental disease or defect Monday.

Donegan pleaded no contest to the homicide charge last month. An armed robbery charge was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

The Journal Sentinel reports mental health experts said Monday that Donegan suffered delusions he was involved in a religious war between angels and demons.

According to the complaint, Donegan told investigators he attacked 45-year-old Teresa Boone of Milwaukee because he thought she had a gun in her purse.

Donegan is the son of former Milwaukee County Judge Thomas Donegan.

Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,

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