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Sex offender jailed in La Crosse for 1000 days is going to prison for 50 years

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A convicted sex offender who has spent nearly a thousand days in the La Crosse County jail is now going to prison for 50 years. 

Thirty-nine-year-old David Costin was sentenced Tuesday for repeated sexual assaults of two children.  Costin was arrested in August of 2019, and has been held in the county jail ever since.  He was supposed to go on trial this week, but he reached a plea agreement on two charges earlier this month. 

Judge Ramona Gonzalez ordered Costin to serve two consecutive prison terms of 25 years, and has ordered him to have no contact with the victims, or their children.  

Costin apologized in a statement at his sentencing. Gonzalez sentenced him to serve two long terms, back to back, so he’ll be in prison long after the two victims have grown up. 

Costin has been in the La Crosse jail longer than any other current inmate, and will get credit for the 991 days he’s been behind bars.      

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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