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Man accused of holding a McDonald's employee hostage pleads not guiltySubmitted: 06/17/2014
Story By Newswatch 12 Staff

SHAWANO - The man accused of holding a McDonald's employee hostage in Wittenberg last month pled not guilty to the crime.

28-year-old Travis Keiler is charged with carrying a gun into the restaurant and taking a hostage. That hostage was NOT hurt and was released after an hour.


Keiler had been held at the Winnebago Mental Health Institute. He is still booked into the Shawano County Jail. He will be back in court June 30th.

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