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Portage torture case suspect wants to withdraw homicide plea

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A gang leader accused of helping kill a woman and torture her young son in Portage wants to back out of his plea deal and go to trial.

  Twenty-six-year-old Michael Sisk was convicted of second-degree reckless homicide and nine other charges in August after pleading guilty or no contest to them.

  Sisk says in court documents that he thought the plea deal would spare him life in prison.

  But he now realizes he'll still serve what amounts to a life sentence.

  He also says he felt pressured and was mentally exhausted when he entered his pleas and insists he's innocent.

  Sisk is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 30.

  A hearing has been set for Wednesday morning in Columbia County Circuit Court.

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