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Racine man gets life in prison for 2010 strangling death

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Racine man gets life in prison for 2010 strangling death

By Michele Fiore. CREATED Oct 10, 2013

RACINE -  Despite his objection in court Thursday, 68-year-old Wilbert Thomas of Racine will spend the rest of his life in prison for the strangulation murder of Lake Geneva woman Sandra Teichow.

"A sick person belongs in a mental hospital. He doesn’t belong in prison," Thomas told Judge Timothy Boyle.
 
But Judge Boyle did not agree, and ultimately sentenced Thomas to life without the possibility of parole, saying this case was like a clash between good and evil. 
 
“It is my opinion that Mr. Thomas should never be eligible to be out in the community again," said Judge Boyle.
 
Thomas reacted to that.
 
“What you said is a bunch of hogwash," said Thomas.
 
The sentence comes almost three years to the day since Teichow was handing out coins to the poor at a laundry mat, and somehow met her killer. Teichow's body was discovered October 14, 2010.
 
Teichow's only son and older sister were present in court Thursday and said they are relieved it's over, especially considering all the antics that Thomas displayed over the last three years, such as going on hunger strikes to disrupt court proceedings. 
 
Richard Jantz lost his mother at a crucial time in his life.  He and his wife are expecting their first child and his sister is also pregnant.  
 
“She’ll never get to meet the new granddaughter and the new grandson," said Jantz.

Still, this journey to justice has seemingly brought the family some peace. 

“Knowing that he will be gone and no more harm to anybody else is a huge weight off our shoulders," said Jantz.

Michele Fiore

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Michele Fiore joined TODAY’S TMJ4 in 2013 after spending two years as a part-time reporter/anchor for our sister station, Newsradio 620 WTMJ.