A judge on Monday sentenced an Onalaska man convicted in an April 2017 shooting on State Street in La Crosse to four years and four months in prison.
Ramon Washington, 19, will begin serving the sentence handed down by La Crosse County Circuit Judge Todd Bjerke when he finishes a six-year term imposed for armed robbery in a separate case. He has credit for 321 days served and also will spend five years on extended supervision.
“You cannot afford to make what you call ‘foolish decisions,’” Bjerke said, “because they’re deadly.”
Surveillance video captured Washington on April 10 firing at Monica Thompson while she was outside 1008 State St., according to La Crosse police reports. One round pierced a bedroom window, but no one was injured.
Thompson 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. She did not attend Monday’s hearing.
Washington pleaded guilty 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 considered at sentencing.
Attorneys requested he serve nine years in prison alongside a sentence he is already serving.
Prosecutors charged three other men in the case.
Johnathan Berlanga, 21, of La Crosse is serving a diversion agreement for obstructing officers and possession of marijuana. Steven Brock, 20, of La Crosse pleaded guilty to two counts of bail jumping. The case against Devon Yang, 20, of La Crosse is pending.
District Attorney Tim Gruenke asked the judge to adopt the joint recommendation, arguing Washington committed the offense while on bond for armed robbery, has been disciplined while jailed and has several weapons convictions.
“He’s someone if not sent to prison will return to the activity that has led him to this point,” Gruenke said.
At the time of the shooting, Washington was on bond in Vernon County for armed robbery and prohibited from possessing firearms. In that case, Washington and two others, while armed, broke into a house occupied by a grandmother and three children, seeking cash, according to the complaint. He was sentenced in July to six years in prison.
Defense attorney Aaron Nelson told the judge Washington shot at a house on State Street, a stupid and reckless action done by a teenager whose brain is still developing.
“That’s different than shooting at a person,” he said. “This is a serious crime, but at the end of the day, no one got hurt.”
Washington apologized for his “foolish decisions” during his brief statement to the court.
“You have shown time and time again you cannot commit what you call ‘foolish decisions,’” Bjerke said. “They’re criminal decisions and ones that endanger the public.”
Karl E Stoy IV, 40, of 612 9th St. South was charged June 28 with possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor bail jumping, misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct. According to a complaint, Stoy had a small amount of meth when he was arrested June 25 for punching a woman and kicking in a door.
Thai Vue, 24, of 1433 Redfield St., was charged June 28 with possession of meth, THC and drug paraphernalia. Vue had meth, marijuana and a pipe on June 16, according to the complaint.
Jeremy Theders, 40, of 1418 S. 10th St., No. 203, was charged June 27 with strangulation, false imprisonment and misdemeanor battery. A woman said Theders strangled her and would not let her call for help on June 20, according to the complaint.
Amanda Von Ruden
Amanda Von Ruden, 31, of Sparta was charged June 26 with possession of narcotics, felony bail jumping, possession of an illegally obtained prescription and misdemeanor theft. According to a complaint, Von Ruden had prescription drugs, heroin and marijuana when she was arrested June 10 for shoplifting at Shopko on Rose Street.
Levi Kemp, 26, of 150 Sumner St. No. 12 was charged June 26 with failure to comply with the state sex offender registry. According to a complaint, Kemp reported a new address in February but failed to respond to multiple verification letters from the Department of Corrections.
Antoinique Long, 41, of Westby was charged June 25 with attempted battery of a law enforcement officer and discharging bodily fluids at a public safety worker. According to a complaint, Long spit in an officer’s face and attempted to kick and bite officers during her arrest on suspicion of drunken driving Friday.
Jeffrey Miller, 31, of 1612 La Crescent St., was charged June 20 with felony retail theft as party to the crime and misdemeanor bail jumping. Miller and a woman stole merchandise from Walmart in La Crosse on May 29, according to the complaint.
Chartchai Khaokaew and Zachary Sander
Chartchai Khaokaew, 32, and Zachary Sander, 27, both of whom do not have permanent addresses, each were charged June 19 with possession of meth as party to the crime and resisting an officer, both as repeat offenders. Khaokaew also was charged with possession of THC and drug paraphernalia, and Sander with possession of an illegally obtained prescription. The pair ran from police after an officer stopped their moped and discovered 41 grams of meth and marijuana under the seat, according to the complaint.
Matthew Banker, 48, of Richland Center, Wis., was charged Tuesday with strangulation. Banker strangled a woman on June 9, according to the complaint.
Alexis Thomas, 32, of 918 Grove St., was charged Monday with third-offense operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and with a prohibited alcohol concentration with a minor child in the vehicle and misdemeanor bail jumping. Thomas drove March 5 with a 0.30 percent blood alcohol level and a 10-year-old child in the car, according to the complaint.
Everett Miller, 23, of 616 S. Ninth St., was charged June 11 with operating a motor vehicle without the owner's consent as party to the crime. Miller crashed a stolen car on Saturday, according to the complaint.
Connie Sykes, 64, of 1224 S. Sixth St., was charged June 6 with possession of meth and drug paraphernalia. Sykes had 0.9 grams of meth and a pipe on May 7, according to the complaint.
Ervin Gathright Jr., 30, of 1512 George St. Was charged June 5 with two counts of delivering cocaine and one count of marijuana possession. According to a complaint, Gathright sold cocaine to police informants and police found a small amount of marijuana when they searched his home on May 22.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-791-8224.
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