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LaRose man found not guilty by reason of insanity

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A LaRose man, charged with killing a friend last year, is found not guilty by reason of insanity.

    

Thomas Masterson, 73, was committed to a state mental health facility after being found unfit to stand trial.

    

Masterson shot and killed Darrin "Charlie" Lancaster in July 2015 after a night of drinking in Washburn.

    

Masterson was found not guilty on two counts of first-degree murder, while a separate count of second-degree murder was dismissed.

    

The term of his involuntary commitment, the court order states, "shall not exceed life, which is equal to a maximum sentence for the most serious charge."

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