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Milwaukee man gets life sentence for fatal shooting in Sparta

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A life term in prison is the sentence for a Milwaukee man who killed a Sparta resident two years ago. 

Michael Hartmann was sentenced to life by a Monroe County judge Tuesday, for the 2020 shooting death of Anthony Koopman during a drug deal and robbery. 

Koopman allegedly was trying to buy drugs at his home in Sparta when Hartmann tried to rob him, and Hartmann shot Koopman as he attempted to run. 

Hartmann also was sentenced to prison terms for attempted robbery, delivering drugs, and felony possession of a weapon.  Those sentences will be consecutive to the life term. 

A second man accused in the murder is scheduled for trial in Monroe County court this spring.  

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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