Co-defendant reaches plea deal in 1998 homicide

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – An Oconto Falls man accused of being party to a 1998 homicide has reached a plea deal.

A Press-Gazette Media report says 55-year-old Charles Mlados was convicted Monday of perjury and party to first-degree reckless endangerment.

Mlados says he didn’t commit the crime but only agreed to a deal because he didn’t think he’d get a fair trial. He was sentenced to 42 months in prison.

He was charged in the 1998 death of 19-year-old Chad McLean, whose body was found in a river.

Another man, Peter Hanson, was convicted of shooting and killing McLean after a night of drinking. Mlados says his only crime was remaining loyal to his co-defendant, taking him at his word that he didn’t kill McLean.

Hanson is serving a life term.

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