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Trial set in YMCA vandalism case

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La Crosse, Wis. - (WXOW) - The UW La Crosse student charged with vandalizing the La Crosse YMCA will now move to trial.

Peyton Nett, 19, appeared in La Crosse County court along with his attorney Sean O'Neil, opting to take the case to trial.

It was this past October when employees coming into work at the Dahl Family YMCA first reported extensive vandalism to the facility. In the ensuing investigation, La Crosse police posted a surveillance video that showed a person in the front desk area pulling apart and throwing several computers and monitors. Additional damage was done in a childcare area, covered in various colors of paint. A window was also broken to gain entry into the facility.

According to the criminal complaint, a short time after the surveillance video was posted, Nett contacted the police department from his parent's home in Fond du Lac. He told an officer he was the person in the video. Upon his return to La Crosse, Nett went to the La Crosse Police Department to tell what happened.

Nett told officers he didn't remember much after being at the bars downtown and did not recall being at the YMCA, but still admitted being the person in the video.

Nett faces charges of burglary of a building as well as felony criminal damage to property.

Judge Gloria Doyle set a trial date for May 12.

Roger Staffaroni

Assignment Editor

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