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Judge sentences father to 22 years in prison in son’s death

HUDSON, Wis. (AP) — A judge sentenced a New Richmond man Friday to 22 years in prison in connection with the death of his son.

Prosecutors accused 44-year-old Kayle Fleischauer of beating and shooting his 19-year-old son, Chase Fleischauer, in April 2018 after the two had been drinking.

A jury initially convicted Fleischauer of second-degree reckless homicide in June 2019 but St. Croix County Circuit Judge Scott Needham later determined the trial was marred by juror misconduct.

Another jury found Fleischauer guilty of the same charge this past March following a new trial.

Needham on Friday convicted Fleischauer of an additional charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm during a bench trial. He then sentenced him to a total of 37 years on both counts, with 22 to be served in prison and 15 years on extended supervision.

Chase Fleischauer graduated from Tartan High School in Oakdale, Minnesota.

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