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Sun Prairie man who killed mother dies of cancer

July 1, 2018 GMT

A Sun Prairie man who was found not mentally responsible for killing his mother with a sword in 2015 died of cancer Thursday, a day after a Dane County judge approved a plan for him to be released to an assisted-living facility.

According to his obituary (see Page C6), Matthew J. Skalitzky, 43, was “graciously granted his wish to be released from the Mendota Mental Health facility in order to die with dignity in an assisted living home, with family by his side.”

Skalitzky was found not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect of beheading his mother, Jane Skalitzky, 68, with a sword on Sept. 11, 2015. In 2016, he was indefinitely committed to a state mental hospital.


Skalitzky was connected to Wednesday’s court hearing by telephone from Mendota, where he was in a room with his father, Joe Skalitzky, and others.

“He lived a life full of significant challenges, but for those who knew him, we will remember him as a kind soul who loved to help people whenever he could,” his obituary states. “Matt found purpose during a short career helping people with special needs ... at Mendota Mental Health, he took on a role of providing support to other residents, encouraging them to be the best they could be.”