Mr. Cheney Hardt pled guilty but for insanity to the Murder of his mother, the attempted murder of his father and brother, three counts of Unlawful Use of a Weapon and one count of First Degree Assault. Mr. Hardt will be committed to the Psychiatric Security Review Board for life. He will be transported to the State Hospital shortly.

The Hardt family, their friends, as well as many in the Klamath Falls community were devastated by this tragic crime. Ms. Julie Hardt was a generous and giving woman whose loss was and is felt by many.

This case brings attention to the significant need for greater mental health services and intervention within our community. Early identification and treatment of mental illness provides for the greater protection of community and can avert tragedy.

The Klamath County District Attorney’s office extends our deepest sympathy and condolences. We know that while sentencing begins closure, the ramifications of this event will live on with all of those impacted for the rest of their lives. We know that closing the criminal matter is a far cry from being able to provide healing. Our thoughts and sympathy remain with you all.

Klamath County District Attorney