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Jury finds MN man guilty in La Crosse, Wis. murder case

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (KTTC) -- A La Crosse, Wis. jury has found Jeffrey Lepsch guilty of the double homicide of Paul and A.J. Petras.

The jury reached its verdict at about 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, after deliberating for about four and a half hours.

The 40-year-old from Dakota, Minn. was charged in La Crosse County with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, armed robbery with use of force and possession of a firearm.

La Crosse, Wis. Circuit Court Judge Ramona Gonzalez announced guilty verdicts in all four charges against Lepsch, the two homicide charges the most serious.

He was also found guilty of armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon.

As the first guilty verdict was read on the homicide charge, an audible cry came from the crowd, which included Lepsch's wife and mother. 

A visibly upset Angie Lepsch, Jeffrey's wife, was led from the courtroom following the conclusion of the court proceedings.

Judge Gonzalez said that sentencing for Lepsch will take place at September 6 at 8:30 a.m.

Lepsch faces life in prison when he's sentenced.

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