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Plea bargain reached in child sexual assault case spanning several counties

Branden Linhart

DUNN COUNTY (WQOW) - A plea bargain was reached Tuesday for an area man charged with sexually assaulting four young girls.

Branden Linhart, from Durand, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Dunn County court to two charges of first degree child sexual assault. In return for his guilty plea other child sexual assault charges in Eau Claire and Pepin counties will be dismissed, along with a pending case in Chippewa County.

Linhart faces up to 120 years in prison when he is sentenced on December 3.

Keith Edwards

Keith Edwards is the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. anchor at News 18.

Keith grew up in the Village of Lake Hallie, attending Chippewa Falls schools where he started pursuing his broadcasting education.

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