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Two now convicted in case of Sparta shooting death; third suspect on trial next year

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Two people from Milwaukee have now been convicted for their roles in the murder of a Sparta man in the summer of 2020.

Michael Hartmann was found guilty of killing Anthony Koopman, during a Monroe County trial last week. Hartmann is scheduled to be sentenced in February.

Koopman was shot outside his house in June of last year, after allegedly trying to buy drugs from Hartmann.

Police say two other people had arrived at the house with Hartmann. Damara Skenandore-Medina reached a plea agreement on drug charges, and on Friday she was sentenced to 3 years in prison for aiding a felon and possessing drugs. The third suspect, Eric Borges, is scheduled to be tried for murder in April.

Hartmann’s trial lasted about a week. Hartmann reportedly tried to rob Koopman outside his house in Sparta, while Koopman was attempting to buy drugs.

Investigators said Hartmann shot and killed Koopman when he tried to run away.

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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