Chandler Halderson, who killed parents, wants to skip court sentence

Lawyers for a man convicted of killing and dismembering his parents have asked a judge to allow their client to skip his own sentencing hearing in Dane County.

Chandler Halderson is to be sentenced Thursday for the murder of his parents, Bart Halderson, 50, and Krista Halderson, 53. He does not want to be present in court when a judge pronounces his sentence.

The prosecution opposes this in a letter to Judge John Hyland asking that the motion be dismissed. Assistant District Attorney William Brown says Halderson doesn’t want to face what he did, WISC-TV reports.

“The defendant has no right to simply skip hearings that might be uncomfortable or to avoid ultimately being held accountable for his behavior,” Brown wrote.

Halderson was found guilty of two counts each of first-degree intentional homicide, mutilation of a corpse, concealment of a corpse, and falsifying information about a missing person. A first-degree intentional homicide conviction carries a mandatory life sentence.

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Halderson would also have the opportunity to speak at his sentencing hearing, which he has not done so far. The judge has not yet ruled on the motion.

Investigators say Halderson killed his parents after his father discovered he lied about attending Madison Area Technical College. Prosecutors say he was part of a web of lies he told about work, school and being part of a police scuba diving team.

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