Viroqua man found competent to face drug charges

| January 5, 2012
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A 32 year-old Viroqua man previously found incompetent to face attempted homicide charges in La Crosse County has now been found competent to face drug charges in Vernon County.
John Ablan was found incompetent to face attempted homicide charges in La Crosse County in 2000.  Ablan was arrested in 2000 for the stabbing of a woman twenty times with a 3 inch pocket knife at Goose Island County Park in La Crosse County.  According to records from the time the woman suffered two punctured lungs, a wound to her abdomen and numerous other cuts to her hands and body. Ablan was committed to Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison in 2000 but was released in 2003. Ablan was also found incompetent to face charges at numerous other hearings since his release, but a doctor’s report delivered to Vernon County Circuit Court in December states Ablan is competent to face four felony drug charges including two counts of delivery of marijuana, one count of conspiracy to deliver marijuana, and one count of delivery of psilocybin.
Those charges stem from an investigation by the Viroqua Police Department.  According to a criminal complaint in the case Ablan is accused of selling drugs to a police informant twice in September and once in October of last year.  If convicted on all charges Ablan would face a total of 20 1/2 years in prison and fines totaling up to $40,000.  Ablan is free on a $10,000 signature bond, and is due back in Vernon County Circuit Court on February 8.
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