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An accused drug user remains jailed after begging not to be released Wednesday in La Crosse County Circuit Court.

Preston Allen


Preston Allen, 53, of 851 Fifth St. S., was charged with felony bail jumping after failing to comply with orders he remain under house arrest, according to the complaint. While appearing before Circuit Court Judge Scott Horne, Allen started to sob, asking the judge to keep him locked up for his own protection.

“Don’t let me out of this jail; he’ll kill me. Don’t let me out of here,” Allen pleaded.

Allen was released Sept. 4, posting a $500 cash bond after he was charged Aug. 7 with possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. As a condition of his release, Allen agreed to house arrest with GPS monitoring.

According to the complaint, Allen was found walking around the intersection of Sixth and Ferry streets about 8 pm. Tuesday in violation of his bond. He was taken into custody without incident.

“That’s an unusual request,” Horne said.

However, Horne granted Allen’s request, ordering a $1,000 cash bond.

Attorney Thomas Huh, who was standing in for Allen’s attorney Thomas Rhodes, questioned whether Allen was mentally competent to stand trial.

“I would raise the issue of competency at this point, judge,” Huh said.

However, Allen insisted, ““There’s nothing wrong with me.”

Horne ordered a competency evaluation by the Wisconsin Forensic Unit.

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City government reporter

Jourdan Vian is a reporter and columnist covering local government and city issues for the La Crosse Tribune. You can contact her at 608-791-8218.

(5) comments


Why should we pay for him now...cut him loose.


Let him loose, his friends can sentence him, probably be more than Ramona would give him.


Cut him loose, and let him fend for himself on the street.


Ridiculous. Why did he post bond the last time he was arrested?


Aren't you usually one of those who is clamoring for keeping people in jail?

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