Appeal denied for man serving time for a La Crosse armed robbery

A Wisconsin appeals court denies an appeal from an Illinois man in jail for armed robbery.

In March 2017, Damario Graham was found guilty of armed robbery as a party to the crime. Graham robbed the Auto Title Loans store on La Crosse’s northside in September 2016.

Graham argued that his trial counsel provided ineffective assistance in two respects: (1) mishandling pretrial litigation regarding one witness’s out-of-court identifications of photographic images linking Graham to the armed robbery; (2) failing to object to trial testimony by a police officer that, in his experience, some surveillance video images fail to show tattoos that are actually on the hands and forearms of the persons depicted in the surveillance videos.


A La Crosse Co. jury returned a guilty verdict Wednesday in the trial of an Illinois man charged with armed robbery.

24-year-old Damario Graham of Rockford robbed the Auto Title Loans store on La Crosse’s northside in September.

Police say Graham entered the store, showed a semi-automatic pistol, and got away with some cash.

Police say he eventually fled to Rockford with an accomplice where he was arrested.

Graham faces up 40 years in prison.

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