Family Crimes

Wisconsin Wife Murdered Husband, Then Pretended He Was Missing

She claimed to the judge that she's not a bad person. 

A Wisconsin woman has been sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday for the fatal shooting of her husband two years ago.

54-year-old Amy Van Wagner’s husband, Stanley Van Wagner, was found shot to death under a tarp in the basement of their home. After the murder, Van Wagner was accused of pretending her spouse went missing, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

In court this week, Van Wagner asked for some supervised leave to visit her children.  

“They don’t deserve to not have either one of us with them,” she told the judge. She also stated that she is not a bad person.

“Premeditated homicide is not an offense that allows a second chance,” Waukesha County Circuit Judge Ralph Ramirez responded.

District Attorney Sue Opper called Van Wagner deceitful and manipulative.

“She did whatever she could do to cover her tracks immediately after she pulled the trigger,” she said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Van Wagner was charged in 2016 with first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse. Prosecutors said Van Wagner killed her husband and then spent three days trying to make it seem like he was missing, prosecutors said.

Van Wagner killed her husband in a dispute about finances, according to the Associated Press.

[Waukesha County Sheriff's Department]


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