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Tuesday - April 18, 2017 12:55 am

Asst. police chief "fed up" with light sentencing for gun crimes and repeat offenders Featured

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Abraham calls for maximum penalties to set example.

La Crosse's assistant police chief isn't backing down. 

Rob Abraham raised eyebrows last week with a social media post critical of the local justice system and local sentencing of criminals involved in gun crimes.  

The tweet was in response to repeat offenders involved in recent shootings. 

Since then, he hasn't changed his mind, either.

"I'm sick of people who are involved in gun crimes not being put away for maximum penalties," Abraham said on WIZM's La Crosse Talk PM. "I think it's ridiculous that the community has to be subjected time and time again by the same individuals and the same crimes, being gun-related crimes."

Abraham continued.

"I'm fed up with the fact that we keep seeing the same people over and over again," he said. "We keep coming up with excuses on why they shouldn't be locked up."

The comments stem from two high-profile shooting cases on the south side in the past week and a half involving repeat offenders had gotten off easy in La Crosse county courtrooms.  

"The message should be sent that if you commit a gun crime in La Crosse County, you should expect the maximum penalty," Abraham said. "That would send a message. That is not the message that gets sent here. 

"You're going to keep seeing the same things over and over again until we start sending that message."

Last modified on Tuesday - April 18, 2017 12:56 pm
Mitch Reynolds

Mitch Reynolds is the News Director at Midwest Family Broadcasting. He covers the internecine agonies of La Crosse city hall. He really likes basketball.

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