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Area man who shot father to live in Juneau County, under release agreement



An area judge will allow a Jackson County man who killed his own father to live in Juneau County.

The release has been approved for Lars Helgeson, who had been committed for life for shooting his father Brian a decade ago, and hiding the body. Late last year, Judge Mark Goodman of Monroe County authorized a conditional release for Lars Helgeson, saying the man is no longer a danger to others.

Helgeson, in 2013

Goodman approved Helgeson’s move to Juneau County during a hearing on Tuesday.

Helgeson 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 court in late 2022 that Helgeson did not pose a risk to the community if he was let out of the hospital.

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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