Dennis Brantner gets maximum sentence for 1990 homicide of Berit Beck

Brantner faces 10 years in Berit Beck case

Dennis Brantner, the man guilty of the 1990 homicide of Berit Beck, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for that crime.

His sentence, which was given Thursday, is the maximum sentence according to state law. He will serve it consecutively after his current sentence for drug crimes. He will serve a total of 13 years for the crimes.

Brantner accepted a plea deal for second-degree reckless homicide in the case in early February in order to avoid a second murder trial.

The 1990 case was closed for a number of years until 2014 when fingerprints inside Beck's van matched Brantner's DNA.

In 2016, the case was left undecided while the court searched for a new judge after biased comments from the original judge in the case.

Berit Beck was 18 years old when she went missing 28 years ago while on her way to a computer  class in Appleton. Police found her van in Fond du Lac two days after she went missing and her body one month later in Waupun. 

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