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Wausau man gets 25 years in fatal baseball-bat beating

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — A Marathon County judge has sentenced Warren Krohn to 25 years in prison in the 2012 beating death of popular Wausau bowler Kerby Kniess.

Daily Herald Media reports that Circuit Judge Gregory Grau handed down the sentence Friday after hearing more than two hours of testimony.

Krohn, 23, of Wausau, was convicted of felony murder and burglary in December. His co-defendant, 21-year-old Zachary Froehlich of Wausau, was sentenced on Nov. 4 to 35 years behind bars.

Kniess fell asleep on the night of June 18, 2012, after watching a Milwaukee Brewers game with a friend in a detached, furnished garage where he had been living. Prosecutors say Krohn and Froehlich went into the garage to rob him, and that Krohn knew Kniess was staying in his friends’ garage.

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