For assisting in the murder of his sister-in-law, and then lying about it for nine years, David DeWild, 40, was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
The sentence was handed down in Jefferson County court on Jan. 24 by Judge Christopher J. Munch. The 12-year term was the maximum Munch was able to give under a plea agreement DeWild made with the county’s district attorney’s office. The deal allowed David DeWild to enter a guilty plea to “conspiracy to commit second-degree murder” instead of facing a first-degree murder charge in exchange for his testimony against his twin brother, Daniel DeWild.
Daniel DeWild confessed to the murder of his estranged wife, Heather DeWild, in 2003, and entered a guilty plea last month. He is scheduled to be sentenced in February.
According to court testimony, Daniel DeWild killed his wife just a week before their divorce was to be finalized. He lured Heather DeWild and their two children, ages 5 and 3, to his Edgewater home. He led her to the garage, where he murdered her. The twin, David, watched and then helped dispose of the body.
“You have dealt these children a fate worse than orphanhood,” Munch said to David DeWild, adding that not only did they lose a mother, but also a father and uncle “that they can now view with only deep shame.”
Heather’s grandmother, Jean Stahl, addressed the court during the hearing, saying she felt 12 years was too short a sentence for David DeWild’s crimes.
“I’m praying to God for the grace to forgive him, but it hasn’t happened yet,” Stahl said tearfully, her hands shaking as they held her notes on the podium.
Heather’s sister, Jennifer Springer, also spoke, calling David DeWild’s confession “self-serving and nine years too late.”
The last person to testify at the hearing was David DeWild himself.
“All I can say is I’m sorry. That’s all I’ve got,” he said.
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