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La Crosse man sentenced in tavern burglary where DNA from chewing tobacco trail helped police

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A La Crosse man will spend 7.5 years on probation for a tavern burglary with another man who left a trail of his DNA when he spit chewing tobacco.

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Joel Cruz, 21, also got 21 more months in prison, for violating his extended supervision for a 2006 auto shop burglary.

Cruz and Brian Scholl, 21, were convicted in a February break-in at the Sher-Bear tavern just outside of La Crosse.

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