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Sparta man’s prison term for human trafficking is upheld

Brad Williams

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A Sparta man convicted of human trafficking has been re-sentenced to 25 years in prison, after his case had gone through the appeals courts. 

Monta Groce already had gotten a 25-year sentence back in 2016, but the case was returned to federal court for a review because of a technicality.  

Investigators say Groce had forced three women in the Sparta area who were heroin addicts to work as prostitutes, in return for providing them with heroin. 

A prosecutor says Groce treated the women as ‘sex slaves.’ 

Groce also had been convicted of maintaining a drug house, and possessing a firearm.

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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