MADISON - A judge has sentenced a former University of Wisconsin-Madison student who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting three female students and choking or stalking two others to three years behind bars.
WKOW-TV reports Dane County Circuit Judge Stephen Ehlke sentenced 22-year-old Alec Cook of Edina, Minnesota, on Thursday to three years in prison and five years of extended supervision.
Cook faced a maximum 40-year sentence. Prosecutors were seeking 19 years.
Ehlke said he had to give Cook credit for having no criminal record, no bail violations and sparing the victims a trial.
Cook was initially charged with more than 20 crimes nearly a dozen women, including misdemeanor disorderly conduct and felony sexual assault for incidents between September 2014 and October 2016.
MARSHFIELD - Almost 50 years passed before farmers across the state could grow one of their favorite plants. But recently, the hemp plant was legalized for farmers to grow and make into things like CBD oil, or even a snack.
CRANDON - Jackie Shepherd hopes some of the money in deer hunters' pockets this weekend goes into her red kettle.
Shepherd coordinates Salvation Army bell ringing in Crandon.
Until she started setting up at Schaefer's grocery store six or seven years ago, no one rang bells in Crandon. She stays motivated by thinking of the people the Salvation Army helps.
"A woman came to me and said, 'If it hadn't been for the Salvation Army, my children wouldn't have Christmas.' She put a $20 bill into my bucket, and from then on, I've been hooked on the Salvation Army," Shepherd said.
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