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James Kruger will stand trial on 13 felony charges

LANCASTER, WI (WTAQ) - A Madison man has been ordered to stand trial on 13 felony charges in Grant County that reportedly included robbing his uncle and taking a hostage. 

36-year-old James Kruger is accused in a three county crime spree earlier this month that ended with a high-speed chase in a stolen car. 

At a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Lancaster, officers said Kruger beat up his uncle, stole coins and guns from his safe, and took a farmer hostage.

Grant County deputy Adam Day quoted the defendant as saying he owed money to somebody -- and he thought his uncle had $1 million. Day said Kruger was apparently high on cocaine at the time.

The hostage was released unharmed in Iowa County, where Kruger is due in court October 8th on 21 charges that include false imprisonment, vehicle theft, and reckless endangerment. 

His Grant County charges include robbery, strangulation and suffocation, shooting a firearm, and taking hostages.  

Kruger was also suspected of stabbing and wounding a man in Madison during the crime spree.

His parents have told Madison media outlets that Kruger has bipolar disorder, and was not given his medications in jail when he was arrested in Dane County in late August for eluding an officer. 

He was freed on a signature bond soon after that arrest. 

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