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Spring Grove man pleads guilty to murder at La Crosse bar of 19-year-old

Brad Williams

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A Spring Grove man said in court Thursday he “reacted poorly” after being thrown out of a La Crosse bar, by returning and killing a 19-year-old bouncer. 

Timothy Young pleaded guilty to 1st degree murder, in the fatal shooting Anthony Fimple in the head at the La Crosse Bierhaus bar — formerly the Twisted Moose — last June. 

Some friends and relatives of both Young and Fimple were allowed into court to witness the hearing, which makes a trial unnecessary.  Most court hearings in La Crosse have been online only for the past year. 

The 32-year-old Young is expected to get a life prison sentence, with the chance of early release after as little as 20 years.  The sentencing could be held in April or May.      

Fimple was shot while on duty at the bar on a Friday night. Young had been in the bar on Friday night, before leaving. Fimple had refused to let Young re-enter around 12:30 a.m. Saturday. Police said surveillance Young left, then pulled up about 10 minutes later, walked into the bar a fire one shot at Fimple, according to the initial report.

Young told Judge Elliott Levine that he was “not fully in control” of himself when he committed the shooting, and was treated for mental illness several years ago.

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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