Jury convicts Hokanson of murder
After two and one-days of deliberations a Dakota County jury on Thanksgiving morning convicted Tylar James Hokanson, 24, formerly of Northfield, of two counts of murder in the first degree and two counts of murder in the second degree in the death of his stepson Nicholas Arthur Miller, 17 months old. Nicholas died June 23, 2009, in Wisconsin.
The trial began Nov. 1.
Following the reading of the verdict, Judge Robert King sentenced Hokanson to life in prison.