Sacto 9-1-1
November 5, 2013
Man who killed mother to be released from mental hospital

A Sacramento judge Tuesday found that a man who bludgeoned and stabbed his mother to death in 2004 is no longer a danger to the community and ordered his release from Napa State Hospital.

Ronald Benjamin Toppila, 73, had been found not guilty by reason of insanity for the Oct. 7, 2004, killing of his mother, Hilma Tone.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge David W. Abott made his finding and order Tuesday after conducting a hearing earlier this year on whether Toppila qualified for placement in the state's Conditional Release Program.

"This court finds that Ronald Toppila is no longer a danger to the health and safety of others, including himself, while under supervision and treatment in the community and will benefit from that status, so long as he remains medication compliant and adheres to his established relapse prevention plan," Abbott wrote. "Therefore, his conditional release is ordered."

Toppila is subject to conditions that included that he stay under the care of a psychiatrist, stay on his medications and that he obey all the rules of the Conditional Release Program.

Napa State Hospital and CONREP officials recommended that Toppila be released. The Sacramento County District Attorney's Office opposed it. Judge Kevin J. McCormick in 2008 denied Toppila's request to be released.

Toppila will initially be placed in a facility in Manteca but could wind up living in a group home in Sacramento, according to CONREP officials.

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