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Minocqua man sentenced to life in prison for wife's murder

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RHINELANDER (WAOW) -- The Minocqua man convicted of killing his wife has been sentenced to life in prison, and does not have the chance to be released until 2040.

 "For the intentional murder of Lori Schmidt, I'm sentencing you to life imprisonment" said an Oneida County Judge.

It was an emotional day in court Wednesday for 41-year old Minocqua man William Schmidt.

"I'm sorry your honor. I'm sorry tom and jean," said Schmidt.

Schmidt was convicted of killing his wife, Lori, last June. Police say they discovered her body stuffed in the closet of her Minocqua home, but how she died is still unclear.

"We still don't know the exact cause of death. So, I suppose it can be argued as Mr. Hirschhorn suggested that he may have deprived himself of some significant defense mechanism to hide the body," said Oneida County Judge, Mark Mangerson

Schmidt pleaded guilty to the murder earlier this year, and a plea agreement was reached on both sides.

"It's the most serious crime a person can commit under the Wisconsin law. It's the intentional murder of a person," said District Attorney Michael Bloom.

"I'm glad it's over. I'm glad it's over for Lori's family, for Billy's family. Everyone now can move on with their lives," said Defense Attorney Joel Hirschhorn.

Schmidt will be eligible for release 30 years from his conviction.

There was some back and forth discussion in the courtroom Wednesday, and it was unclear if there would actually be a sentencing. But the defense attorney said he and William Schmidt insisted on moving forward with sentencing so the family of the victim could have closure.

Online Reporter: Courtney Fasano

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