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Sparta man sentenced to 33 years in prison for beating death of 32-year-old woman



A Sparta, Wis., man was sentenced Wednesday to 33 years in prison for the beating death two years ago of a 32-year-old woman.


Shawn Hock was sentenced in Monroe County court, after pleading guilty in March to reckless homicide.

The 34-year-old Hock was charged with seven criminal counts related to the death of Sara Latimer at a house in Sparta, including aggravated battery and delivering meth.

Police had investigated previous reports of domestic abuse involving Hock and Latimer.

Under the sentence, Hock would be placed on extended supervision for 20 years after his prison term has been served.

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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