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La Crosse YMCA vandal charged with felony

La Crosse YMCA vandal charged with felony

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YMCA vandalism

Peyton Nett, a 19-year-old UW-La Crosse student, was charged Monday with burglarizing and vandalizing the Dahl Family YMCA in La Crosse.

The La Crosse man accused of drunkenly vandalizing the Dahl Family YMCA in La Crosse has been charged.

Peyton Nett, 19, appeared in La Crosse County Circuit Court on Monday, roughly a week after he turned himself in with the help of his mother.

Nett was charged with burglary and felony criminal damage to property. Together, the charges carry a maximum prison sentence of 16 years, and a maximum fine of $35,000.

Surveillance footage from the early morning hours of Oct. 11 shows Nett walking through the lobby of the YMCA, tearing computer monitors off a desk and throwing them. He also spilled paint all over the floor, walls, desks, TV screens and computer monitors in the Primetime Center, an area for older children to do crafts and play games.

On the night of Oct. 11, Nett’s mother called the La Crosse Police Department and told them the vandal was her son. She handed the phone to Nett, a UW-L student, who arranged a time to turn himself in.

Nett has said he was black-out drunk and has no memory of entering the YMCA.


Kyle Farris can be reached at (608) 791-8234 or kfarris@lacrossetribune.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Kyle_A_Farris.

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