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Krauss sentenced to 24 years in prison

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Ellsworth, 54011

Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

Paul Krauss was sentenced Friday morning to 24 years prison for committing the crimes of second degree sexual assault with use of force, second degree recklessly endangering safety and false imprisonment.

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He was given 18 years for the sexual assault and three each for the recklessly endangering safety and false imprisonment. Those terms are consecutive.

He was also given nine months of prison for the charges of violating a domestic abuse injunction and misdemeanor bail jumping. Those two terms are concurrent which can be served along with the sexual assault charge. He was found guilty by a jury trial of those five charges in March.

The charges stem back from a June 2006 incident in which Krauss held his estranged wife captive in her Hager City home for nearly four hours that included holding her at knifepoint. He also threatened to kill her as well as himself. He escaped on foot from the house and wasn't found until five days later.

"The possibility for rehabilitation is far outweighed by the need to protect the public and the severity of the offenses," Trempealeau County Circuit Court Judge John Damon said, in handing down the sentence.

For more, read the August 1 print version of the Herald.

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