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Oceola Township man convicted in murder of his grandparents

An Oceola Township man has been convicted in the murder of his grandparents.

On December 14, a jury found 23-year-old Chance Raymond Hallam guilty as charged on two counts of open murder in the deaths of 75-year-old Dale Dormanen and his wife, 79-year-old Joan Dormanen. Troopers with the Michigan State Police found their bodies November 19, 2021 inside of their home at 1263 Maple Leaf Lane.

Both reportedly suffered extensive stab wounds. Hallam, who made the call to 911 that summoned the troopers, was still on the phone when they arrived and was then taken into custody.

Hallam, who remains jailed without bond, was previously found competent to stand trial, although a request was later granted for an independent exam.

He will be sentenced to a mandatory term of life in prison without parole by Livingston County Circuit Court Judge Michael Hatty on January 26.

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