La Crosse south side shooter pleads guilty

The 18-year-old who shot and killed another 17-year-old last August on La Crosse’s South Side has pleaded guilty.

Deshawn Randall pleaded guilty Tuesday in court to 1st degree intentional homicide in the death of George Miller. 

The other charges of 2nd degree recklessly endangering safety, disorderly conduct, fleeing an officer, and taking a vehicle without consent were dismissed as part of the plea deal.

Police say Randall fired once into a car that was carrying George Miller on August 21st. When Miller tried to run away, Randall pulled the trigger several more times. La Crosse County District Attorney Tim Gruenke says Miller was shot a total of nine times.

Randall was arrested at an apartment complex on La Crosse’s south side later that night after a standoff that lasted several hours.

Randall’s lawyer said after Tuesday’s plea hearing, the case is highlighting a bigger problem in smaller communities like La Crosse. “This is such a tragic event with both George and Deshawn victims of gang violence that has really infected a lot of communities, but he’s so young, I don’t think he deserves to spend the rest of his life behind bars,” said attorney Michael Covey.

District Attorney Tim Gruenke said there is a lesson to take away from this senseless murder. “It’s been disturbing that this happened out of really groups of people that seemed to have been arguing out of over a lot of nothing. And hopefully it’s a sign to other young people that thought this was cool or need to have guns and act all bravado that it ends bad and it’s not worth it.”

Randall will be sentenced in April and faces life in prison.