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Man gets life for killing father, son in La Crosse

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) – A Minnesota man has been sentenced to life in prison without release for the shooting deaths of a western Wisconsin photography store owner and his teenage son.

The La Crosse Tribune reports Jeffrey Lepsch, of Dakota, Minn., did not make a statement during the sentencing in La Crosse County Tuesday.

The 40-year-old was found guilty in July of killing 56-year-old Paul Petras and his 19-year-old son A.J. in May’s Photo in La Crosse on Sept. 15, 2012. He was also convicted of robbing them of $17,000 worth of equipment.

Family and attorneys kept statements short during the 45-minute hearing.

Sherri Petras, Paul Petras’ wife and A.J.’s mother, said she felt bad for his kids but it was his decision. She said he shouldn’t have taken her family.

Information from: La Crosse Tribune, http://www.lacrossetribune.com

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