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Judge: Gang leader can't withdraw pleas


PORTAGE, Wis. (AP) -- A judge has refused to allow an alleged gang leader convicted of helping his crew kill a woman and torture her young son to back out of his plea deal.

  Twenty-six-year-old Michael Sisk was convicted in August of second-degree reckless homicide and other charges after entering guilty, no contest or Alford pleas.

  In an Alford plea, a defendant pleads guilty but doesn't acknowledge guilt.

  Sisk testified Wednesday, saying he thought he would be spared a life sentence but now realizes he could spend his life behind bars.

  Sisk says he was tired of thinking about the case and wanted to finish it.

  He says the total years involved in his sentence didn't register with him until later.

  Columbia County Circuit Judge Alan White ruled Sisk understood what he was doing.

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