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Jail Time For Man Who Killed Kitten

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OVER A YEAR AGO, PHILLIP ATKINSON WAS JAILED FOR BEATING UP HIS MOTHER, AND FOR KILLING HIS GIRLFRIEND’S KITTEN IN A FIT OF ANGER.

NOW, THE LA CROSSE MAN WILL SPEND A YEAR IN JAIL, FOLLOWED BY PROBATION AND TREATMENT FOR ANGER AND DRINKING ISSUES. ATKINSON SAID IN COURT YESTERDAY THAT HAVING A CHILD HAS HELPED HIM WANT TO CHANGE. AND HIS GIRLFRIEND, THE CHILD’S MOTHER, AGREES THAT HIS SUPPORT HAS BEEN GOOD.  PHILLIP’S MOTHER WROTE A LETTER TO JUDGE RAMONA GONZALEZ, SAYING CHILDHOOD TRAUMAS AND ATTENTION-DEFICIT PROBLEMS HAVE TROUBLED HIM FOR YEARS.

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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