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Timothy Ellis gets 6 years behind bars for armed robbery

Brad Williams

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On a very cold January day in 2019, two brothers robbed a third man on a street in north La Crosse, and fired a gun at the victim’s car. 

Both brothers, Justin and Timothy Ellis, have now been sentenced to prison for that holdup. 

Justin was sentenced last year, and Timothy received a 6-year prison term on Friday.  The sentencing came 8 months after Timothy reached a plea agreement. 

“I want to apologize to the victims,” Ellis said on Friday. “I want to apologize to everyone that I made it difficult for, or I caused a problem for.”    

Judge Scott Horne said he believes Justin was more responsible for the robbery, and fired the shot into the car of victim Sean Moore.  But the judge says because of the seriousness of the crime, 25-year-old Timothy should not get probation. 

“No community can accept gunplay in public spaces,” said Horne. “It’s the type of crime that affects a community’s sense of safety and security, and the court has a role in sentencing to impose a sentence that will insure the safety of the community.”

Timothy Ellis is eligible for more than 400 days of credit for time already spent in jail for the robbery and other crimes.  

The plea agreements and sentencing were delayed several times, partly because Ellis was often out of town and feared that he might get COVID-19 in the La Crosse jail. 

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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