Chandler Halderson was convicted of the murder of his parents Bart and Krista Halderson in Wisconsin
According to court documents Chandler Halderson was living at home with his parents Bart and Krista Halderson in Windsor Wisconsin. Chandler had told his parents that he had a job lined up with SpaceX in Florida however a recent accident prevented him from flying, later it would be determined there was no job
Bart and Krista Halderson who according to Chandler had taken off to spend the weekend at their cabin however when friends attempted to reach them they could not. Chandler would report his parents missing a few days later. When police arrived at the cabin it was apparent no one had been at the cabin in a long time
Soon evidence began to mount that something horrific had happened to Bart and Krista Halderson. It turned out that Chandler not only had no job offer from SpaceX he had failed out of a college several months prior and was lying to his parents. In order to cover up his lies Chandler would murder his parents and dismember their bodies
Chandler Halderson would be arrested, convicted and sentenced to life in prison without parole
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A man convicted last year of killing his parents had two of the lesser charges he was convicted of in that case vacated by a Dane County judge on Wednesday but remains sentenced to life in prison.
Chandler M. Halderson, 25, was found guilty on Jan. 20, 2022, of two counts each of first-degree intentional homicide, lying to investigators, mutilating a corpse and hiding a corpse in the July 2021 killings of Bart and Krista Halderson. He was sentenced in March 2022 to life in prison without the possibility of release.
Research uncovered in an unrelated criminal trial in Dane County later determined that, under state statute, convictions for hiding a corpse can only be imposed when evidence is not strong enough to support a conviction for mutilating a corpse.
As such, the judge in Halderson’s case, John Hyland, said during a short hearing Wednesday that Halderson’s jury should not have been presented with the option of convicting Halderson on both charges, and he vacated the convictions for hiding a corpse
The Dane County District Attorney’s Office did not object to the judge’s actions.
Halderson, who appeared at the hearing by video, is currently incarcerated at the Dodge Correctional Institution in Waupun. Testimony at his murder trial showed Halderson killed, dismembered and attempted to incinerate his parents in the fireplace of the family’s Windsor home in July 2021 after his father discovered he’d been lying about his job and educational prospects.
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A Wisconsin man who was convicted of killing and dismembering his parents was sentenced Thursday to life without parole, with a judge saying his obligation to protect the public required the stiffest possible sentence.
Chandler Halderson, 24, of Windsor, was convicted in January of first-degree intentional homicide, mutilating a corpse and hiding a corpse in the July deaths Bart and Krista Halderson. Wisconsin does not have the death penalty.
Investigators said Halderson killed his parents after his father discovered he had been lying about attending a technical college. Prosecutors said it was one in a web of lies he told about work, school and being on a police scuba dive team
According to testimony at Halderson’s trial, he tried to burn his parents’ bodies in the family fireplace before dumping them along the Wisconsin River and at a rural property, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.
Halderson didn’t testify and his attorneys did not call any witnesses. According to a court filing this week, he did not speak to his attorneys about the events, the State Journal reported.
Halderson spoke briefly Thursday, saying he would appeal his conviction and asking any interested attorneys to contact him.
“It’s not that I do not have feelings; it’s that I was warned to not show them in the scrutiny of this case,” he said.
Before Circuit Judge John Hyland passed sentence, Assistant District Attorney Andrea Raymond said that Halderson “grew up with a life of privilege” that made it difficult to explain his crimes.
Hyland rejected a request Halderson made last week not to be in court for his sentencing