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Camera Shop Killer To Be Sentenced in September

7-31-13

A man convicted of killing two people at a La Crosse camera shop will be sentenced September sixth.

40-year-old Jeffrey Lepsch of Dakota Minnesota faces two life prison terms, but Circuit Judge Ramona Gonzalez can set a minimum date for a possible supervised release. Jurors deliberated for four hours yesterday before they found Lepsch guilty of all four charges against him in the slayings last September of camera shop owner Paul Petras and his 19-year-old son A-J. Both were killed at May’s Photo in downtown La Crosse, where Lepsch stole almost 20-thousand dollars in camera equipment. In his closing argument, La Crosse County District Attorney Tim Gruenke said Lepsch intended to commit murder, steal camera items, and sell them to make money. Authorities said earlier that Lepsch had old family debt, as well as an unpaid judgment from a theft conviction a decade earlier. Defense lawyer Thomas Huh admitted to jurors that Lepsch stole the merchandise but quote, “He did not kill anyone.” He was convicted on two counts of first degree intentional homicide, forcible armed robbery, and illegally possessing a firearm as a previously-convicted felon.

 

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