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Man pleads guilty to wife's murder


RHINELANDER, Wis. (WSAU) – A Minocqua man has pled guilty to charges he killed his wife at their home last year.

William Schmidt entered the plea at the end of a motion hearing Friday in Oneida County circuit court. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss a charge that Schmidt hid his wife Lori’s body in a bedroom closet. But the judge can consider the charge when Schmidt is sentenced to life in prison October 19th.

Police found Lori’s decomposing body wrapped in a comforter during a welfare check June 17, 2010, after her parents ahd said they had not heard from her for several days.

Schmidt confessed to the murder to his mother before turning himself in to police from her home in Sheboygan Falls a week later. He said he killed Lori “after she passed out” and that “she did not suffer.”

The criminal complaint describes a rocky marriage for the Schmidts, indicating that Lori had told her mother that “the defendant was not a good person” and that William was upset because Lori would not have sex with him.

Lori Schmidt also hid jewelry from her husband because she did not trust him, according to the complaint. She said he had become irate when he discovered two weeks before her body was found that the house they lived in was no longer in her name. She had deeded the house to her parents before the two were married in February 2010.