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Rochester man gets 30-year sentence for Wisconsin woman’s murder in 2016



The suspect in a 2016 murder in Buffalo County is sentenced to 30 years in prison. 

Fifty-year-old Randall Merrick of Rochester was sentenced on Friday for reckless homicide in the death of Beth Johnson of Nelson. 

Merrick was living with Johnson at Christmas of 2016 when Johnson disappeared.  Police said Johnson’s son later received proof that her debit card was being used by Merrick. 

Merrick was arrested in 2020 after admitting he killed Johnson.  He reached a plea agreement last year, and was sentenced Friday by La Crosse County Judge Elliott Levine.


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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  1. Donna Knee

    August 17, 2022 at 4:11 pm

    So glad he got 30 years he will die old, if he lives that long. What a Monster!!

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