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Judge: Busskohl must remain in state hospital

The Woodbury man who formulated plans for a murder in the vein of a popular cable-television program must stay at a state mental hospital, a judge decided this week.

Andrew James Busskohl, 21, will remain indefinitely at Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter, Washington County District Court Judge Gregory Galler ruled June 23.

Galler's ruling followed a June 2 review hearing to determine whether Busskohl was still considered mentally ill and dangerous, said Assistant Washington County Attorney Jim Zuleger.

Busskohl was civilly committed in March after a three-day court trial in which Washington County prosecutors successfully argued Busskohl's behavior following a 2008 case - for which he was sentenced to jail time - demonstrated that he posed a serious risk to the community.

Busskohl was arrested in August 2008 after a friend tipped off authorities that he was about to kill a Woodbury resident.

When police arrested him, they discovered what prosecutors called a "murder kit" in his car containing burglary tools, latex gloves, shoe covers, a scalpel and plans to burglarize a randomly selected Woodbury man's home and slit his throat while he slept.

The friend said Busskohl's plan was to cut out the victim's heart or remove his eyelids to gain a reputation as a serial killer. Busskohl later told a therapist that he hoped to become "anonymous and famous," the court order states.

Busskohl first desired to kill as a vigilante molded from the character in the "Dexter" television program, the order states. Busskohl changed his approach, however, after difficulty finding a suitable victim, Galler wrote.

Since serving jail time in the 2008 case, Busskohl kept fantasizing about committing murder, according to the initial order calling for his commitment. He also continued to feed what Galler called "a very odd and unhealthy fixation on knives" during that time.

Zuleger said it's likely Busskohl's attorneys will file an appeal.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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