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Scarbrough gets 7 years for attempted carjacking and window-smashing



A 7-year prison sentence awaits a La Crosse man convicted this week of breaking car windows and trying to steal a vehicle at Valley View Mall. 

Uneke Scarbrough was found guilty at a jury trial on Tuesday. 

The attacks at the mall in early 2020 came a week after Scarbrough was arrested for smashing a window at a downtown La Crosse warming center. 

Judge Gloria Doyle also sentenced Scarbrough to prison time on lesser charges, which will be served at the same time as the other sentences.   

For the DA’s office, attorney Mitch Philbin described how victims were frightened by Scarbrough’s actions, and reportedly did not want to speak at his sentencing.     Scarbrough also was found guilty of stealing a cellphone loaned to him by a stranger.

He was found competent for trial, but has had mental health issues.    He did not leave his jail cell for sentencing, and did not speak when the judge asked if he had anything to say.

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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