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CRIME AND COURT ROUNDUP: Madison man sentenced to 55 years prison for killing his two-year-old son

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MADISON -- A Madison area man has received what could be a life prison sentence for killing his two-year-old son with an S-U-V and stabbing his mother.  Dane County Circuit Judge Ellen Berz handed down a 55-year prison term yesterday to 32-year-old Jesus Castillo-Dimas.  If he's still alive when his sentence ends, he could face deportation, as he's still in custody on a federal immigration hold.  Authorities said Castillo-Dimas ran over his two-year-old son Yandel Castillo-Castillo in Fitchburg in the summer of 2012 -- and he then tried killing the boy's mother and her new boyfriend.  Judge Berz said the mother feared that Castillo-Dimas would get out of prison one day and in her words, "finish what he started and kill me."  The defendant struck a plea in April that convicted him of reckless homicide, attempted homicide, and a reduced charge of reckless endangerment.

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La Crosse area police said they were chasing a stolen car overnight when it crashed, killing one person.  It started just after one a-m, when a police officer in downtown La Crosse tried pulling over a car that was reported stolen.  A chase went north on Highway 35 into Holmen.  Officials said the car struck the rear of another vehicle, and then overturned near a freeway interchange at Highway 53.  W-K-B-T T-V in La Crosse said the person killed was not from that area -- and one of the two injured crash victims had life-threatening injuries.  Holmen Police Chief Michael McHugh told the T-V station that the stolen vehicle went up an off-road slope and rolled over, then slid down.  La Crosse and Holmen police are both investigating, and the State Patrol was asked to reconstruct the crash scene.  Both lanes of Highway 35 were re-opened around 6:30, in time for the morning work traffic.

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The Ho-Chunk Indian tribe has been ordered to remove video poker games from its casino in Madison.  Federal Judge Barbara Crabb ruled yesterday that the games do not meet the terms of the facility's gaming compact with the state.  The Madison casino has a lower legal classification of games than other Indian casinos throughout Wisconsin.  The tribe contended that the Poker-Pro video game was legal, because players bet against each other instead of the house.  The state Justice Department said the game was too high of classification to be offered at Madison, and it filed suit to have it removed.  Judge Crabb ordered the games to be shut down within 30 days after any possible appeals are completed.

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The percentage of Wisconsin prisoners who commit new crimes after they get out has gone down in recent years.  That's according to a new study by the Council of State Governments and the National Re-entry Resource Center.  Just over 56-percent of Wisconsin prisoners released in 2007 were back in prison within three years for new offenses.  The recidivism rate dropped by about five-percent to 51, for prisoners released in 2010.  Tony Streveler of the state Corrections Department says there are a few reasons for the decline in repeat criminals.  They include an increase in work initiative programs, treatment alternatives, diversion programs, better risk assessments, and extra community-based resources.  Streveler says it all adds up to fewer crime victims at the hands of repeat criminals, and he's happy that Wisconsin is being recognized for its efforts.

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Jury deliberations continue today in the trial of a central Wisconsin man accused of causing the death of his girlfriend's toddler.  After eight days of testimony and arguments, the case of 28-year-old Reymundo Perez of Bancroft went to the jury around two yesterday afternoon.  Two-year-old Felix Espinosa-Villa died in October of 2011, two days after he was injured.  Authorities said Perez was baby-sitting while the boy's mother was at work -- and he allegedly threw Felix to the ground because he wouldn't stop crying.  In his closing argument, defense lawyer Gary Schmaus said the fatal injuries were actually caused by the boy's mother, who had been charged with child abuse.  Prosecutor Veronica Isherwood called the claim smoke-and-mirrors.  She pointed to medical testimony which indicated the injuries occurred while Perez was caring for the youngster.

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A chiropractor in Eau Claire is due back in court July 23rd, after being accused of sexually assaulting a female patient.  Forty-four year old Jeremy Stender is free on a signature bond, after he waived the state's time limit for a preliminary hearing on a felony count of second-degree sexual assault.  Prosecutors said Stender had sexual contact with a patient at the Wolter Chiropractic office in 2012.  He denies any inappropriate contact.

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