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17-year-old gets 4-year prison term for 2017 gang rape in La Crosse

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A 17-year-old, convicted of sexual assault, got a four-year prison term Tuesday, for taking part in a gang rape that occurred in a south side La Crosse garage. 

Dominique Hister reached a plea agreement in December, after being accused of assaulting a runaway teenage girl who was slightly older than him. 

Hister was 15 at the time of the gang rape in the fall of 2017, for which two other young men have also been prosecuted. 

Judge Ramona Gonzalez said she was reluctant to accept a negotiated plea, instead of letting the case go to trial. 

She says but for Hister’s age, “I cannot disregard what happened in that garage,” which may have involved about a dozen young men.

Gonzalez told Hister that young women need to be protected, and he is allowed no contact with women under the age of 18 without the consent of an agent.

Hister apologized in court for not trying to stop the assaults of two girls, who were in the garage, and said he hopes to “become a better man.”

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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