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Jury finds Aspseter guilty of murder and other charges in Sparta ax attack



The verdict is guilty on all counts in a Monroe County murder trial. 

A jury has convicted Thomas Aspseter of Sparta on five charges resulting from an ax attack on three people last year, including his grandmother and her husband, after he was told to move out of their house.


The husband, 87-year-old Bernard Waite, was killed.  Aspseter claimed he struck back in self-defense after Waite hit him.

Jury deliberations on Thursday reportedly lasted about three hours.  Testimony in the trial began on Monday. 

A first-degree murder conviction in Wisconsin leads to an automatic life sentence in prison.  Sentencing is expected about a month from now.

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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