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Jury convicts Peter Hanson in murder of Chad McLean

Peter Hanson (left) has been charged in connection with the 1998 death of Chad McLean (right).
Peter Hanson (left) has been charged in connection with the 1998 death of Chad McLean (right).

OCONTO, WI (WTAQ) - A 53-year-old man could spend the rest of his life in prison, after he was found guilty of killing a teenager 15 years ago in northeast Wisconsin.  

Oconto County jurors deliberated four-and-a-half hours Tuesday before convicting Peter Hanson of first-degree intentional homicide. A scheduling conference in the case is set for Monday.  

55-year-old Charles Mlados is also charged in the slaying. He's scheduled to go on trial February 14th on a homicide charge in the death of 19-year-old Chad McLean of Green Bay.  

Prosecutors said Hanson gave himself away by telling authorities details that were never released to the public -- like the fact that McLean died of gunshot wounds to the head.  

Prosecutors said the two defendants argued with McLean before killing him. A defense lawyer said three witnesses testified about Hanson's confession only because they were trying to get leniency in their own criminal cases.  

McLean was last seen riding with Hanson and Mlados in February of 1998 after a night of drinking. The victim's body was found in the Pensaukee River near Abrams a month later.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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