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Judge: Merrill wife killer eligible for parole in 2048

MERRILL (WAOW) – A judge has sentenced the Lincoln County man convicted of killing his wife and hiding her body to life in prison and ordered that he eligible to petition for release after serving 35 years.

Mark Bucki, 50, heard his sentence in court Thursday.

Mr. Bucki will spend the remainder of his life in the criminal justice system. He will never be a free man,” Lincoln County Judge Jay Tlusty said, referring to the life prison term even with a chance for parole.

Bucki shook his head, his eyes cast down, as the judge ordered him to be an old man before he gets his first chance to be placed on parole – May 2048.

"If I could say sorry this, I would," Mark Bucki told the court. "It would put so many people to rest. But I can't because I'm innocent."

The sister of Bucki's wife, whose strangled remains were found in some Taylor County woods about a year ago, asked a judge on Thursday to sentence Bucki to life in prison with no chance for parole.

A life for a life, the sister of Anita Bucki said.

But Bucki's son asked for leniency, telling the judge his father was the best dad he could ever ask for.

A judge heard a morning of testimony before deciding whether Bucki, 50, would be eligible for parole for his conviction of first-degree intentional homicide.


LINCOLN COUNTY (WAOW) – The Lincoln County man convicted of killing his wife and hiding her body will be sentenced in court today.

In April, Mark Bucki, 50, was found guilty of first-degree intentional homicide, hiding a corpse, and strangulation and suffocation of his 48-year-old wife, Anita Bucki.

A six-man, six-woman jury heard seven days of testimony, including from Mark Bucki, who said he had nothing to do with his wife's death. The jury deliberated for about nine hours before finding him guilty on all three felony counts.

Anita Bucki was reported missing by her husband in April 2012. He told authorities he talked to his wife the night before at their home in the town of Corning before going to sleep early in the morning. He says when he woke up the next day, she was nowhere to be found.

Prosecutors portrayed Bucki as a liar who wanted his wife out of his life because he met a new woman, he had financial problems and a divorce would have been costly. Prosecutors said a trail of 40 different pieces of circumstantial evidence clearly pointed to Bucki as the killer.

The mandatory punishment for the homicide charge is life in prison with no chance of parole unless the judge orders it.

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