For the first time in 13 years, a valley man who killed his brother and nephew will get to leave a mental institution. A judge granted Mark Zawhorodny conditional release Wednesday afternoon.
Zawhorodny was found not guilty by reason of insanity and has been in a state institution since 2001. For the first time he's been granted conditional release.
Zawhorodny shot and killed his brother and 14-year-old nephew in Sherando. He faced capital murder charges and a possible death sentence, but doctors said he suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and dangerous delusions. Instead, he was sent to Western State Hospital.
For the last year he's been allowed to leave hospital grounds for 48-hour stints - but now he'll be headed to Gateway Homes in Chesterfield. It's a home with mental services available.
Because Zawhorodny was found not guilty by reason of insanity, he will not have a probation officer. Someday he could be completely discharged.
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