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Onalaska teenager reaches plea agreement in home attack on 15-year-old girl



An 18-year-old from Onalaska was convicted Wednesday of attempted murder, following an attack on a teenage girl last year.


Austin Bailey entered a plea of no contest, during the La Crosse County court hearing before Judge Ramona Gonzalez. A burglary charge was dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

There will be more investigation before Bailey is sentenced, on a date yet to be chosen. A possible prison term of around 15 years has been suggested for Bailey.

Police said Bailey attempted to strangle the 15-year-old victim while she was sleeping in her Onalaska home in September of 2022. He then stabbed her with a knife when she woke up.

The victim reportedly had said she didn’t want a relationship with Bailey.

When she fought back during the attack, Bailey fled the home and was arrested a short time later.

The girl had multiple stab wounds and Bailey was carrying a knife when police found him.

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. Kent Porter

    December 25, 2023 at 2:30 pm

    He is lucky he didn’t break in my home and try to rape my daughter. He would be SIX FEET UNDER !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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