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La Crosse Police investigate robbery coordinated from inside county jail



La Crosse police arrested a man they say coordinated a 2019 robbery while he was in custody at the La Crosse County Jail.

Police took Michael D. Mitton, 28, into custody after a traffic stop and charged him with conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.

On Oct. 1, 2019, two suspects broke into a victim’s residence and held her at gunpoint, according to police. The suspects were identified through a surveillance system and baby monitor as Audie C. Benford Murphy, 28, and George L. Goins, 38. Both were arrested for the robbery, but police believed one other person was involved. The investigation led them to their ex-roommate, Mitton.

Kaitlyn Riley’s passion for communications started on her family’s dairy farm in Gays Mills, Wis. Wanting to share agriculture’s story, she studied strategic communications and broadcast journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college, she held officer positions with the Association of Women in Agriculture and Badger Dairy Club while volunteering as a news reporter for the college radio station. She also founded the university’s first agricultural radio talk show, AgChat. In her professional career, Kaitlyn has worked in radio, print and television news doing everything from covering local events to interviewing presidential candidates, and putting back on her barn boots to chat with farmers in the field. Today, Kaitlyn can be seen covering local stories that matter to you in the La Crosse area.

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