After his parents caught him in a web of lies about attending college and working on the police scuba dive team, a man decided to kill them and tried to burn their bodies.
Now, he will never walk free again.
Recently, Chandler Halderson, 24, was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his parents, Bart and Krista Halderson, in July 2021. He was convicted of first-degree intentional homicide in Wisconsin, according to the Associated Press.
Police said Halderson killed his parents after Bart found out Chandler was lying about attending technical college, the AP reported. It was a series of lies Chandler told about work, school and working for the police scuba team.
Halderson tried to burn his parents’ remains in the family fireplace before dumping them along the Wisconsin River, the AP reported.
At his sentencing, Halderson said he planned to appeal his conviction, according to NBC 15.
“It’s not that I do not have feelings, it’s that that I was warned not to show them due to the scrutiny of this case,” Halderson said, NBC 15 reported.
Halderson’s grandmother gave a written statement read by prosecutors, according to the TV station. She said she hoped he would find a trade or craft while in prison. The grandmother also noted that Halderson’s parents would not want him behind bars for life.
“I love him even though what he did was horrific,” she wrote, according to NBC 15.
Jane Hilgendorft was Krista Halderson’s friend for more than 30 years, according to NBC 15. She told the court that When Chandler’s mom walked into a room, she made people happier.
“Being a mom was her purpose in life,” Hilgendorf said.