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Appeals Denied In Smulick Murder

Brad Williams

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NINE YEARS AGO IN LA CROSSE, A 16-YEAR-OLD BOY WAS BEATEN AS PART OF A RITUAL TO BRING ANOTHER TEEN INTO A GANG…AND THEN HE WAS MURDERED.

 

FOUR YOUNG MEN ARE STILL IN PRISON FOR THE 2001 DEATH OF JEFF SMULICK. TWO OF THEM RECENTLY ASKED A JUDGE TO REDUCE THEIR SENTENCES OF MORE THAN 20 YEARS. BUT JUDGE DALE PASELL SAYS IT’S NOT IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST TO SHORTEN THE SENTENCES OF JONATHAN CORYELL AND TIMOTHY GOYETTE. ALTHOUGH PASELL COMMENDED THE TWO MEN FOR THEIR REHABILITATION EFFORTS IN PRISON, HE SAYS ANY REDUCTION SHOULD BE CONSIDERED CLOSER TO THE END OF THEIR SENTENCES. JEFF SMULICK’S FATHER ASKED THE JUDGE TO DENY THE REDUCTIONS…SAYING THE APPEAL REQUESTS ARE HURTFUL BECAUSE THEY OFTEN COME AROUND THE TIME OF JEFF’S BIRTHDAY.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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