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Court upholds conviction in Wisconsin strangling death


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- An appeals court has upheld the murder conviction of a Wisconsin man serving a life sentence for strangling a woman to death.

  The District 2 Court of Appeals on Wednesday rejected an attempt by Thomas Blake of Neenah to withdraw his 2005 no-contest plea to first-degree intentional homicide.

  Prosecutors say Blake invited 20-year-old Christina Ross to his apartment and strangled her with an extension cord.

  He and a 15-year-old friend put the body in the trunk of the victim's car and parked the vehicle at a grocery store.

  The court rejected Blake's argument the death was an accident and result of "sex gone bad."

  He had told police and his original lawyers before his plea they were not having sex at the time.

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