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Anderson reaches negotiated plea for allegedly trying to take over a private plane at La Crosse airport



The driver who crashed through a fence at the La Crosse airport last fall and threatened to hijack a small plane is found not guilty by reason of mental illness.


Cody Anderson has reached a plea agreement in La Crosse County court, on a charge of intending to steal a plane. Other charges, including making terroristic threats, have been dismissed as part of the negotiated plea.

The Idaho man will be evaluated before his next hearing on May 10th. At an earlier hearing, Anderson had been found competent to go on trial.

The incident at the airport happened last November. Police say Anderson rammed his car through a fence at the airport, before getting onto a private plane and making threats. Anderson could be committed to a hospital at that May hearing.

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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