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Helgeson ordered released after years in state hospital for killing his father in Jackson County



Over the objections of a local prosecutor, an area judge is ordering Lars Helgeson to be released from a Wisconsin state mental hospital.

Helgeson, in 2013

A conditional release plan is being prepared for the Jackson County man, who was committed to Mendota for killing his father and burying the body on family property in Jackson County in 2013.

Lars was 20 at the time he shot his father Brian. He had petitioned for release, and a doctor who examined him testified in Jackson County Court that Helgeson did not pose a risk to the community if he was let out of the hospital.

Monroe County Judge Mark Goodman was called in to preside over the hearing, which began in early November, but was adjourned at the time and completed on Wednesday.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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