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Wisconsin Man Gets Life Plus 164 Years In Torture-Slaying Case

March 23, 1989 GMT

PHILLIPS, Wis. (AP) _ A man convicted of torturing and murdering his sister-in-law and trying to kill his wife should spend the rest of his life behind bars, said the judge who sentenced him.

″You must never be free. You must never be in a position where this can happen again,″ Circuit Judge Gary Carlson told John R. Weber as he sentenced him Wednesday to life plus 164 years, nine months in prison.

Weber, 25, of Phillips, was charged with 18 counts in the 1986 killing of his wife’s sister, Carla Lenz, 17, and the attempted murder of his 22-year-old wife in September in this northern Wisconsin town.

He pleaded guilty to nine charges, including the kidnapping and first- degree murder of Miss Lenz and the attempted murder of his wife, but pleaded innocent to charges of sexual assault and mutilation.

A jury convicted him of the sexual assault and mutilation charges and decided Weber was sane at the time of the attacks.

Weber’s attorney has said he will appeal.

Among the evidence was a tape recording describing the slaying that Weber said he made to scare his wife but never played for her.

″This court must insure that no other unsuspecting female is ever exposed to your depravity. There is no way that I could face the family of such a girl,″ the judge said.

Weber’s wife said she was satisfied with the sentence. Weber was accused of using a lighted cigar, safety pin and wheelbarrow handle to assault her before beating her with a shovel.