By Shereen Siewert
A 44-year-old Wisconsin man will spend 22 years in prison for beating and then shooting to death his 19-year-old son.
At a sentencing hearing on June 5, after extensive arguments by both sides and statements from family members, St. Croix County Judge Scott Needham also ordered Kayle Fleischauer to spend 15 years on extended supervision following his eventual release.
Fleischauer was convicted in March after being tried for the second time in the death of his son. Jurors deliberated less than three hours before reaching a verdict and finding Fleischauer guilty of second-degree reckless homicide in the death of 19-year-old Chase Fleischauer, who died April 14, 2018.
Prosecutors say the elder Fleischauer shot his son after beating him.
Kayle Fleischauer was found guilty of the crime in a June 2019 jury trial, Judge Needham threw out the verdict after finding that juror misconduct had occurred during deliberations. Needham declared a mistrial.
“Thank you to the investigators and prosecutors for their significant efforts to get justice in this case, as well as to the state crime labs, whose work was critical to this conviction,” said Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul. “Because of their work, a person who committed a horrific crime is being held accountable.”
During Friday’s hearing, the judge also convicted the defendant of the crime of being a felon in possession of a firearm during a stipulated bench trial.
The conviction resulted from the investigation conducted by the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office, New Richmond Police Department, Ramsey County Medical Examiner, and Wisconsin State Patrol. New Richmond Emergency Medical Services also assisted.
DNA, firearms, and fingerprints were analyzed by the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Forensic Sciences, with extensive assistance from the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory Crime Scene Response Team.
Assistant Attorney General Bob Kaiser of the DOJ Division of Legal Services Criminal Litigation Unit and St. Croix County Assistant District Attorney Erica Ellenwood spearheaded the prosecution for this case. They were assisted by DOJ Paralegal Jackie Righter and St. Croix County Victim/Witness Advocate Pam Bellrichard.