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La Crosse man gets prison for wielding hot potato masher

Brad Williams

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A La Crosse man is headed to prison for allegedly attacking another man with a baseball bat and a potato masher. 

Nathan Kohls pled guilty on Wednesday to aggravated battery, and was sentenced to 3 years in prison. 

Other charges against Kohls were dismissed. 

The battery happened almost four years ago, in December of 2016, at a house on 5th Avenue South. 

Kohls reportedly struck the victim in the head with the bat, forced the man’s hand onto a hot burner on a stove, and stabbed the hand. 

After that, Kohls allegedly tried to stop the victim’s bleeding by pressing on the injured hand with a heated potato masher. 

The fight apparently stemmed from a dispute over the victim’s girlfriend.  

Kohls will get credit for about six months spent in the county jail, following his arrest.

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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