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Randall pleads guilty in murder of Central High student



The 18-year-old faces life in prison

He sat silent for 20 seconds with the rest of his life on the line. 

In court Tuesday to enter a plea for first-degree murder, DeShawn Randall was asked by the judge if he understood the crime, the punishment. Randall said yes.

When asked for his plea in the shooting death of Central High School student George Miller, Randall sat in silence.

His attorney then consulted with Randall, before the 18-year-old finally did plead guilty.

District attorney Tim Gruenke commented on the effect the murder has had on the community.

“Hopefully we can turn something positive out of this,” Gruenke said. “It’s been disturbing that this happened out of, really, groups of people that have been arguing over a lot of nothing.”

Randall faces a life prison sentence for the murder – shooting Miller nine times on Redfield Street on the south side of La Crosse – but he could be released in 20 years. Judge Ramona Gonzalez will sentence him on April 8.

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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