Dennis Brantner sentenced to 10 years in prison for 1990 murder

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A Kenosha man was sentenced to the maximum penalty of 10 years in prison for a 1990 murder.

In 2018, Dennis Brantner from Kenosha agreed to an Alford plea in the killing of 18-year-old Berit Beck. An Alford plea means Brantner agreed there’s enough evidence for a conviction but maintains his innocence.

Beck disappeared while traveling from Sturtevant to Appleton.

Brantner’s first trial for the murder ended in a hung jury.  He is currently behind bars for drug charges when he was arrested.

At the sentencing on Thursday, Beck’s family members spoke.

“After 27 years, there is no preparation you can make for this day,” said Dave Beck, Berit’s father.

Her parents, Dave and Diane, joined her brother, Ben, and three other family members at the sentencing hearing today to share their side of this murder story to Brantner, before he was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Her brother Ben says, “The way I look at today, I’m excited, I think that this is a huge win, Dennis Brantner is in jail, there’s a very evil, evil person that is going to be behind bars.”

The Fond du Lac County District Attorney, Eric Toney, also shared a few words about the sentencing saying, “We charged him with 1st degree intentional homicide, and we ended up with 2nd degree reckless, it doesn’t feel good but we had to work with the facts that we had, not what we wished we had.”

When asked about their feelings, the family says its going to take some time to get that sense of closure they desire.

“We don’t have to worry about Dennis Brantner being out on the streets any longer, harming anyone else,” said her mother, Diane.

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