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Monroe County DA Passes Away

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Monroe County District Attorney Dan Cary, left, with Tomah Police Chief Wes Revels, during news conference in the Vance Evans/Tammy Cole case in 2010. Monroe County District Attorney Dan Cary, left, with Tomah Police Chief Wes Revels, during news conference in the Vance Evans/Tammy Cole case in 2010.

Sparta, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Monroe County District Attorney Dan Cary has passed away.

According to the Monroe County District Attorney's office, Cary passed away at his home in Sparta.  While his death is under investigation, but no foul play is suspected.

Cary served in the United States Marine Corps from 1972 to 1992.  He rose to the rank of captain, where he commanded a company of 200 officers and enlisted personnel. He then graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1995. 

Cary was hired as the District Attorney in Monroe County in 2003, after serving as the Assistant District Attorney for five years.

Cary was recently named the 2012 State "District Attorney" of the year for his work.

He specialized in prosecuting felony drug, sexual assault, child abuse and homicide cases. 

Judge Rice told News 19 that Cary was a very hard working and very capable District Attorney. 

During his tenure, Cary handled a number of high profile cases, including the double homicide of a Sparta couple that took ten years to bring about a conviction, as well as a Tomah homicide that received national attention from the Oxygen cable channel.

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