Crime

Sentencing date set for Chandler Halderson, man convicted of parents’ murders

Courtesy Dane County Jail recordsMADISON, Wis. — A sentencing date has been set for the Windsor man convicted of killing and dismembering his parents last year. Online court records show Chandler Halderson, 23, has a sentencing hearing scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on March 17. MORE: Full coverage of the Chandler Halderson homicide investigation and trial — live stream, previous stories,…

Wisconsin Democrats propose bills aimed at helping local governments fight crime

WISC-TV/Channel3000.MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Democratic legislators have come up with a package of bills they say will help local governments fight crime. The seven bills the group unveiled Monday range from creating a neighborhood crime reduction grant program to target high crime areas to funding “evidence-based violence prevention initiatives,” Rep. Greta Neubauer’s office said in a news release. Other bills…

Two houses struck in random shootings, deputies say

Elvis Santana/freeimages.comJUNEAU COUNTY, Wis. — Deputies are investigating a pair of shootings that happened early Sunday morning. Juneau County Sheriff’s officials said a shooting was reported just before 12:15 a.m. A home had reportedly been struck. About a half-hour later, deputies received a second call of a home being struck by gunfire. The incidents occurred in Armenia and Necedah Townships….

Wisconsin State Patrol trooper injured in crash outside Poynette

POYNETTE, Wis. — A Wisconsin State Patrol Trooper was injured in a crash on I-39 outside Poynette Sunday. Officials said the trooper was inside his cruiser conducting a traffic stop near County Road CS when his cruiser was struck by a passing driver just before 11 a.m. The trooper suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and the other driver was not injured. Crews…

Defense attorney weighs in on Halderson team’s strategy, decision not to have him testify

MADISON, Wis. — Jurors rarely heard from the defense in the Chandler Halderson murder trial. Halderson’s lawyers spent only around 10 minutes on opening statements at the beginning of the trial and roughly 30 minutes on closing arguments Thursday. Their client didn’t testify in his own defense, and his lawyers didn’t call any witnesses. While the strategy may be unusual,…

Chandler Halderson found guilty on all charges in parents’ murder trial

WISC-TV/Channel3000MADISON, Wis. — Chandler Halderson, the 23-year-old charged with killing and dismembering his parents Bart and Krista, has been found guilty on all charges related to their deaths. Halderson was charged with two counts on each of the following charges: first-degree intentional homicide, mutilating a corpse, hiding a corpse and providing false information on a missing persons investigation. Halderson stood…

Juneau Co. man sentenced to 10 years in prison for child pornography possession

iStock/junialNECEDAH, Wis. — A rural Juneau County man was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison for possessing child pornography. Adam Maranto, 48, pleaded guilty in November to one felony charge of possession of child pornography. Online court records show several other charges were dismissed but read in. Maranto was also sentenced to 10 years of supervised release following his…