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Tomah man gets life-plus for causing death of 3-year-old boy

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Life in prison, plus 36 years, is the sentence for a Tomah man convicted of killing a toddler through severe physical abuse.

Marcus Anderson was sentenced Wednesday by Monroe County judge Mark Goodman, a few weeks after a jury found Anderson guilty of the 2019 death of Kyson Rice.

The 3-year-old boy had nearly 200 injuries to his body at the time of his death.

At the sentencing, Anderson continued to claim that the child’s injuries were accidental.

Monroe County district attorney Kevin Croninger agreed with remarks the judge made during sentencing.

“Judge Goodman called Mr. Anderson a lying child murderer today on the record in court, and I whole-heartedly endorse that assessment and think the sentence today was very appropriate, given all the facts and circumstances,” Croninger said.

The boy was declared dead after Anderson made a 911 call to authorities in Tomah in May of 2019. Anderson was convicted at a trial this year which spanned several days, and was put on hold when the judge became ill.

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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