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An Onalaska man faces 20 years in prison after he was convicted Tuesday in an April shooting on State Street in La Crosse.

Ramon Washington, 19, pleaded guilty in La Crosse County Circuit Court to a reduced charge of second-degree reckless endangerment while armed and as party to the crime and two counts of bail jumping.

Four other charges, including attempted first-degree intentional homicide as party to the crime and with use of a dangerous weapon, were dismissed but will be considered during his March 28 sentencing.

In exchange, prosecutors will recommend he serve nine years in prison alongside a sentence he is already serving.

Surveillance video captured Washington firing at Monica Thompson while she was outside 1008 State St., according to reports. One round pierced a bedroom window, but no one was injured.

Thompson, who has ties to the streak of violence in 2015 on the city’s South Side, used Facebook Live to taunt Washington, telling him to come fight her and that she was not afraid to die, according to La Crosse police reports.

Washington fled the shooting in a car with Johnathan Berlanga, Steven Brock, and Devon Yang, all of La Crosse. Police found a .25-caliber gun under Washington’s seat and marijuana in his backpack.

Prosecutors also charged the other three men with attempted first-degree intentional homicide and first-degree recklessly endangering safety, both with use of a dangerous weapon and as party to the crime. Brock is scheduled to enter a plea in his case next week; Berlanga and Yang will be tried in May.

A Vernon County judge in July sentenced Washington to six years in prison and six years on extended supervision after he pleaded no contest to armed robbery and false imprisonment, both as party to the crime. In that case, Washington and two others broke into a house in 2016 occupied by a grandmother and three children for a safe, according to the complaint.

He remains jailed on a $50,000 cash bond.


Police and courts reporter

Anne Jungen covers law enforcement and the criminal justice system in La Crosse County. She joined the Tribune reporting staff in December 2005. You can contact her directly at or 608-791-8224.

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Send him away for a very long time!!!!


Let’s hope his new sentence is consecutive and not concurrent . Otherwise it’s like a free crime.

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