Dennis Brantner found guilty in death of Berit Beck

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The man accused of murdering Berit Beck back in 1990 was found guilty Friday morning.

Dennis Brantner, 64, was originally charged with 1st degree murder for Beck’s death – but Friday he was convicted of 2nd degree reckless homicide. 

This comes after Brantner entered what’s called an Alford plea – which is when a defendant says they’re innocent of the crime, but admits that the prosecution has enough evidence to prove that they are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Brantner was charged in 2015 and then during his 2016 trial, the jury deadlocked and could not reach a verdict. The judge called for a retrial, but with Friday’s plea deal he avoids a second trial.

Beck was 18 years-old at the time when she disappeared while traveling to a work seminar in Appleton back in 1990. Her van was found just days later, and her body was discovered weeks later near Waupun. 

Sentencing for Brantner is scheduled for March 1st.

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