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Schmidt sentenced today in wife's death


RHINELANDER, Wis. (WSAU) – A Minocqua man who killed his wife last year because she wouldn’t have sex with him and because she had deeded the house over to her parents will be sentenced today to life in prison.

Now the only question for Judge Mark Mangerson to decide is whether William Schmidt should ever be eligible for release on extended supervision. Schmidt’s sentencing hearing starts in Rhinelander at 1:30 p.m.

Schmidt pled guilty last month to killing his wife Lori at their home in Minocqua in June 2010. He said he killed her “after she passed out” and that “she did not suffer,” according to court documents.

Police discovered Lori’s body wrapped in a comforter and stuffed in a bedroom closet during a welfare check. Her parents called police after they hadn’t heard from her for days.

As part of a plea deal, prosecutors agreed to dismiss the hiding a corpse charge against Schmidt. But Mangerson can consider that charge as part of his sentence.Schmidt confessed to the murder to his mother before turning himself in to police from her home in Sheboygan Falls a week later.