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Friday - April 13, 2018 1:09 am

Winona man sentenced to 40 years for drive-by shooting

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A fight over a parking space that led to a deadly shooting will cost a 51-year-old Winona man 40 years in prison. 

Ricky Waiters will have to serve 30 years behind bars for causing the death of 53-year-old musician Robert Johnson outside a Winona tavern two years ago.

The sentence was extended for 10 more years because a second man was wounded in the drive-by attack. That man suffered multiple serious upper-leg injuries.

Winona County attorney Karin Sonneman said Waiters gave an apology at his sentencing on Thursday, but did not take responsibility for the shootings:

“He apologized to the family of Mr. Johnson for the loss of their son, but his apology, at least the way I perceived it, was not apologizing for his act that caused the death of the son,” she said.

Waiters fired shots from his car after he was told to move to a different parking space outside EB's Corner Bar.

He claimed at his trial that a group of people came after him and he shot at them in self defense.

Last modified on Friday - April 13, 2018 6:42 am
Brad Williams

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from U-W-La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area.  Brad 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.  He's been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.  

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