Denise Hallowell Wiki – Denise Hallowell Biography
Denise Hallowell was horrifically murdered in her Citrus County home on July 13, 2019, and the authorities were called to the scene of the crime by her adopted son, 17-year-old Carlos Hallowell.
The teenager told police officers he was sleeping in his room and was woken up by the barking of the dogs, at which point he discovered his mother’s body and called 911.
She was 57 years old.
Denise Hallowell Murder
The pleasant home on the lake had become a house of horrors. Denise Hollowell: found murdered in her bed. Her 17-year-old son Carlos reported the macabre discovery.
The Citrus County Sheriff threw everything he had into the search for the woman’s killer.
SHERIFF PRENDERGAST: We deployed not only air, land, and water. We put our canine units out there. And we saturated our areas of the county.
Neighbour and good friend Amy Alford heard the thump of helicopters overhead that July evening. What in the world?
AMY ALFORD: I felt my knees buckle, and I had to hold onto the post. And it was just a blur after that. We always planned to be– grow old together at the lake. That didn’t happen.
Now on that humid July evening, in the horror of that bedroom where Carlos had found his mother attacked.
Their happy lives were utterly destroyed.
And a murder investigation– an urgent one– was up and running.
Carlos Hallowell Found Guilty
On July 9, 2021, Hallowell was found guilty of the premeditated murder of his adopted mother. According to a press release, on September 14, 2021, he was sentenced to life in prison for the crime by judge Richard Howard. The judge announced that he believed Hallowell, now 19, to be an “incorrigible offender” who cannot be rehabilitated and therefore will remain in prison the rest of his life, the Chronicle reported from the sentencing hearing.
After he was found guilty, the available sentence range was between 40 years to life in prison. Hallowell told the judge, “Your honor, the only thing I ask is for justice for my mom, and mercy for me.” Since Hallowell was 17 years old at the murder, he was ineligible for the death penalty.
Hallowell’s name does not yet appear in the inmate population search through the Florida Department of Corrections, so it’s possible he has not yet been transferred from jail to the state prison system.