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Judge: Woman must serve life without parole for 2006 killing

Posted at 8:38 PM, Jun 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-08 21:38:01-04

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — A central Wisconsin woman convicted of fatally shooting her husband more than 15 years ago was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without the chance of parole.

Cindy Schulz-Juedes, 67, was found guilty in October of being a party to first-degree intentional homicide and resisting or obstructing an officer.

Prosecutors said Kenneth Juedes, who was 58 at the time, was shot twice on Aug. 29, 2006 at the couple’s home in the town of Hull. Juedes was a pharmacist for what was then Memorial Health Care in Medford.

Before handing down the sentence, Marathon County Circuit Judge Michael Moran called Schulz-Judes' actions “callous and unfeeling."

Schulz-Juedes maintained her innocence and said the conviction “hurt my soul.” Her attorney, Michael Hughes, said they have already started the appeal process.

Prosecutors said Schulz-Juedes was motivated by money, including numerous insurance policies on Juedes that totaled more than $900,000. Moran ordered Schulz-Juedes to pay more than $1 million in restitution.

The defense blamed the crime on a group of five other men who they say committed the crime over the sale of a race track and to keep Juedes quiet about possible illegal drug activity.

Two new detectives were assigned to the case in 2016, about 21/2 years before Schulz-Juedes was apprehended.

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