Judge observes, approves Lars Helgeson’s plan for release to live in Juneau County

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Published: May. 23, 2023 at 1:15 PM CDT
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JACKSON COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) - A Jackson County man who was found not competent for killing his father nearly ten years ago will be released to live in Juneau County.

Lars Helgeson, who’s now 29, admitted to killing his father Brian Helgeson at a family farm in Hixton in 2013. In 2017, he was found not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect and was committed for life to custody of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Last year, he petitioned the court for early conditional release from the Mendota Mental Health Institute and in Dec., Jackson County Judge Mark Goodman ruled he is no longer a danger.

Tuesday, Judge Goodman adopted a plan for Helgeson’s release which includes placement in Juneau County. The plan also includes a provision prohibiting contact with victims and their families without their consent.

On Tuesday, Jackson County District Attorney, Emily Hynek, released a statement.