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Beitlich stands mute for brutal beating

LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – The man accused of breaking into his ex-girlfriend's home in La Crosse and brutally beating her current boyfriend, stood mute to charges and waived his right to a preliminary hearing Friday.

Thomas Beitlich, 31, is charged with attempted first degree intentional homicide with the use of a dangerous weapon.

If convicted, he could spend up to 65 years in prison.

The court also added a charge of armed burglary.

Prosecutors said Beitlich broke into 1502 Ferry Street on Sunday, Oct. 6.

When police arrived at the house, they found the victim lying in a pool of blood with several skull fractures.

If the victim survives, he will have serious brain injuries, according to the criminal complaint.

Beitlich is being held on a $250,000 cash bond.

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