UPDATE: Life in Prison for Man Convicted in 1998 Murder

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

UPDATE: Fri 9:41 AM, Feb. 28, 2014

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 Hanson 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.

UPDATED: Mon 2:58 PM, Jul 08, 2013

A second man has been charged in connection with the 1998 murder of Chad McLean in Oconto County.

According to WLUK-TV, Charles Mlados previously faced perjury charges, but now a count of party to murder has been added for allegedly helping Peter Hanson hide McLean's body.

McLean, 19, disappeared in February of 1998. The Green Bay man's body was found a month later near Abrams.

Mlados is due to enter a plea on the new charge July 23.

UPDATE: 4/25 at 9:40 a.m.

OCONTO, Wis. (AP) -- A former Oconto Falls man has pleaded not guilty in a cold-case homicide.

Prosecutors charged 52-year-old Peter Hanson last month with being party to first-degree intentional homicide.

Hanson is 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.

In Oconto County court Wednesday, Hanson waived his right to a preliminary hearing and entered his not-guilty plea.

WLUK-TV reports Hanson's attorney had no comment after court. McLean's family also declined to comment.
Hanson is being held on $500,000 bond. He has been in the Oconto County Jail since November on unrelated charges.

His next court appearance is scheduled for June 4. Trial is set for December.

UPDATE: 3/28 at 4:44 p.m

The man charged with 1998 homicide of a Green Bay man is behind bars on a $500,000 cash bond.

Peter Hanson, 52, of Oconto, was charged with 1st degree intentional homicide Thursday in Oconto County Circuit Court.

Hanson will return to court April 24 for a preliminary hearing.

ORIGINAL STORY: 3/22 at 10:51 a.m.

A suspect in the 1998 murder of a then 19-year-old Green Bay is expected to be charged next week in Oconto County Court.

Friday, multiple law enforcement agencies held a joint press conference on the 15th anniversary of finding Chad McLean's body. McLean's body was found in on March 22, 1998, in the Pensaukee River in Abrams. He had been missing for about a month after acquaintances dropped him off at a roadside restaurant.

Peter Hanson, 52, is behind bars in connection to the death. Investigators says the two had not meet prior to that night, but did have mutual friends.

Investigators says they hope this case shows offenders that detectives work around the clock to help bring closure to families and justice for the victims.

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