Dalton Adam sentencing Tuesday
By Sarah Strandberg

Dalton Adam, 19, Prairie du Chien, Wis., will be sentenced in Winneshiek County District Court Tuesday for voluntary manslaughter.

Adam was charged with first-degree murder in connection with the 2018 beating death of David Hansen, 46, of Decorah. On Nov 1, a Chickasaw County jury found Adam guilty of the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter. Adam’s trail was moved to Chickasaw County on a change of venue.

Adam’s sentencing is set for 11 a. m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, at the Winneshiek County Courthouse.

First-degree murder carries a mandatory life prison sentence while the maximum sentence for voluntary manslaughter is 10 years in prison.

Authorities said Adam and his friend, Jacob Seelinger, got into a confrontation with Hansen, Seelinger’s mother’s boyfriend, on the night of July 12, 2018. Hansen was knocked to the ground, and Seelinger and Adam punched and kicked him numerous times while he was defenseless.

Hansen never regained consciousness and died in a hospital in August 2018 of brain injuries received in the attack.

During Adam’s trial, the defense argued that Adam had punched Hansen once in self-defense, the blow toppled him, and he struck his head on the cement driveway which was the cause of the fatal injury.

Prosecutors said an autopsy wasn’t able to pinpoint if the fatal blow came from the fall or the flurry punches and kicks that followed. The state argued the number of strikes showed an intent to kill.

Seelinger was found guilty of second-degree murder during a trial in July. Seelinger was sentenced in September to a term not to exceed 50 years in prison.