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West Salem woman accused of keeping man prisoner for 3 months

Brad Williams

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A West Salem woman, who claimed to be a CIA agent and a candidate for president, is facing multiple charges for allegedly keeping a man prisoner for nearly three months. 

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Lori Anne Holton is charged with kidnapping, physical abuse, false imprisonment and strangulation. 

A criminal complaint says the 56-year-old Holton persuaded the male victim, who’s over 60, to stay in his room to avoid being targeted by criminals and by threatening to torture and kill him if he ever tried to leave. 

Police say the man was confined to his room between late June and early September of last year. During a five-day period Holton reportedly hit him more than 100 times, choked and tased him, and held a knife to his throat. She also was stealing money and property from him. 

Holton was arrested just this week.  Her bond is set at $25,000 cash, to keep her from leaving the area.

     

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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