Plea in Sturtevant native Berit Beck’s homicide
FOND DU LAC Family and friends of Sturtevant teen Berit Beck were able to move one step closer to closure Friday after 64 year old Dennis Brantner pleaded to a second degree reckless homicide charge in the 1990 death of Beck.
Branter entered an “Alford plea,” meaning he is not admitting guilt, but acknowledges he could be found guilty through evidence.
The last time family and friends saw Beck alive was on July 17, 1990, when Beck left home to go to a computer seminar in Appleton. She was 18 at the time and just graduated from Case High School. Case headquarters, 700 State St. She performed clerical work at a trailer there for Oscar J. Boldt construction, the general contractor on the Case expansion project.
She left in her dad’s gray, two tone GMC van for Boldt’s Appleton headquarters, where she was scheduled to take a four day computer class, her father, Dave Beck, said.
But she never made it there. Beck was abducted and killed somewhere near Fond du Lac while en route to Appleton.
Brantner’s defense attorney argued the prints could only show Brantner was in the van and were not proof he played a role in her death.
But it didn’t end there. A Fond du Lac County judge in early 2017 denied a motion to throw out the case and granted prosecutors’ request to have another trial, ruling that enough evidence exists for a retrial.
That new trial at one point was tentatively set for later this month. But instead of going to trial, Brantner submitted a plea. March 1 in Fond du Lac County Circuit Court. He is currently serving time for an unrelated case and could face up to another 10 years for the homicide. your attempt torres to cloud and character assassinate these public servants is so harmful and flat out dirty liberal c You Or Did you ever do such Investigations into our Mayors office and missing money.
Finally! Some small measure of justice for the Beck family.
Sadly, not the ultimate measure of justice. but, at least, the monster will someday be judged by a much higher power.
Just an awful tragedy, to a promising life cut much, much too short.
Hopefully, some day our justice system will begin to factor in the tremendous human cost such perpetrators inflict on families, and society as a whole. Incarceration, some argue, is little more than warehousing; but, at least these felons are removed from society during their incarceration to spare us all their heinous actions during that time .