UPDATE: Life in prison for man convicted in 1998 murder

UPDATE: A man convicted of killing a teenager 16 years ago has been sentenced in Oconto County to life in prison.

Peter Hanson

UPDATED Friday, February 28, 2014 --- 9:34 a.m.

OCONTO, Wis. (AP) -- A man convicted of killing a teenager 16 years ago has been sentenced in Oconto County to life in prison.

The body of 19-year-old Chad McLean was found in the Pensaukee River in March 1998, a month after he was last seen with Peter Hanson and Charles Mlados.

Judge Michael Judge told Hanson it was despicable that Hanson was silent as the McLean family languished and waited for justice in Chad's death.

The life sentence for Hanson comes 16 years to the day that McLean was reported missing by his mother. WLUK-TV says Judge ordered the sentence be served consecutively to Hanson's prison time for drug and child pornography charges.

Mlados will be tried for McLean's death in August.

Copyright 2014. The Associated Press.

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UPDATED Wednesday, December 11, 2013 --- 11:20 a.m.

OCONTO, Wis. (AP) -- A jury in Oconto County has convicted one of two men accused of killing a Green Bay man 15 years ago.

Fifty-three-year-old Peter Hanson was found guilty Tuesday of killing 19-year-old Chad McLean, whose body was found in the Pensaukee River a month after he disappeared in February 1998.

McLean was last seen riding with Hanson and Charles Mlados after several hours of drinking and visiting at the home of Hanson's next door neighbor. McLean and Mlados say they dropped McLean off at the Hi-Way restaurant that night so he could find a ride home to Green Bay. Prosecutors say McLean was killed after arguing with the men.

Press-Gazette Media says a trial for Mlados begins Feb. 4.

Copyright 2013. The Associated Press.

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Posted Friday, March 22, 2013 --- 12:45 p.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Brown County authorities have announced a break in a cold-case homicide, charging an Oconto Falls man in the death of a teenager 15 years ago.

Green Bay police announced charges Friday against 52-year-old Peter Hanson. Investigators say at least one other person may have been involved.

He's accused in the death of 19-year-old Chad McLean of Green Bay, who disappeared in 1998 after a night of partying. His body was found a month later beneath a bridge.

A WLUK-TV report says Hanson has been in the Oconto County Jail since November on unrelated charges. He's expected to make an initial appearance next week on a charge of being party to first-degree intentional homicide.

Defense attorney John Wallace says it's too early to comment on the case.

Copyright 2013. The Associated Press.


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