Lincoln County District Judge Donald Rowlands on Tuesday ordered 67-year-old Erwin Simants to remain at the Lincoln Regional Center, where he has lived since 1979.

That was the year Simants found not guilty by reason of insanity for the shooting deaths of six family members in Sutherland, including three young children.

Doctors agree that Simants is no longer mentally ill, but Rowlands ruled Tuesday that there is evidence that Simants "is and continues to be mentally ill and dangerous to others.''