LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) - A Minnesota man who was sentenced to life in prison for murdering a father and son has asked for a new trial. Jeffrey Lepsch of Dakota, Minnesota claims nine of the 12 jurors believed he was guilty before his July 2013 trial. Lepsch was convicted of killing Paul Petras and his 19-year-old son A.J. at their family-owned camera store in downtown La Crosse. He then stole 27 pieces of camera equipment worth $17,000.
BARABOO, Wis. (AP) - The baby sitter found guilty in Sauk County of killing an infant in her care plans to appeal her conviction. Jeanette Janusiak, of Reedsburg, was found guilty last month in the death of 4-month Payten Rain Shearer. The 27-year-old woman was sentenced life in prison with the possibility of parole in 40 years. Medical experts testified at trial that the child had been severely battered around the same time that Janusiak called 911.
WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) - The Wisconsin girl stabbed 19 times, allegedly by classmates trying to please a fictional online character, has received a military Purple Heart from an anonymous donor. The girl's family had asked that well-wishers send her purple hearts, reflecting her favorite color and shape, and the 12-year-old was inwith paper hearts from across the country. Then one person sent her the real thing. The girl's family says the medal came with a card that read: "The only heart I could find! Be strong!"
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A spokeswoman for Trek Bicycles says its full page newspaper advertisement complies with Wisconsin law and is constitutionally protected free speech. The Wisconsin Republican Party filed a complaint with the state elections board saying the ad that ran Sunday in Madison and Milwaukee newspapers was an illegal campaign contribution to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke. Her father started Trek and she formerly worked for the company.
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