The Oconto Falls woman accused of shooting a police office on Aug. 6 has been committed for mental health treatment for six months. However, that is not expected to forestall the criminal case against her, according to District Attorney Edward Burke. Burke says he is working with John Miller Carroll, attorney for Alisha Kocken, 29, to get the proceedings underway. Kocken faces attempted first-degree intentional homicide, four other felony counts and four misdemeanor charges over the incident, in which Nicole Blaskowski suffered a scalp laceration. She was released from the hospital the next day. Kocken has not yet had an initial appearance on the charges. At a hearing on August 20th, Judge Michael T. Judge approved the petition placing Kockin under the care of the Oconto County Department of Health and Human Services, according to Corporation Council Beth Ellingson. Following her arrest, Kocken was taken to the Oconto County Jail, but was transferred to the Winnebago Mental Health institute in Oshkosh over concerns raised by correctional officers, according to a letter to Judge Jay N. Conley from Miller Carroll, of Appleton. In that August 11th letter, Miller Carroll says he had met with Kocken and has reason to doubt her competency.” Kocken was returned to Winnebago Mental Health Institute after the hearing says Burke.
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