MARINETTE - A Crivitz man will spend the rest of his life behind bars for shooting and killing his ex-girlfriend.
Richard Heyer was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility for parole in Marinette County Court Thursday afternoon.
Heyer pleaded no contest to shooting and killing Ann Schueller in Wausaukee last summer.
It was an emotional day in court for all sides in this case.
Despite pleas from Heyer and his attorney, the judge handed down the maximum sentence.
"You say you're going to have to live with this the rest of your life, well they're going to have to live with this the rest of their lives," explained Judge David Miron. "They're going to be things that are going to happen and they're going to say, geez, I wish mom was here to share this with."
The shooting happened last August at the Wausaukee gas station where Ann Schueller worked. Officials say Heyer also shot himself in the chest, but survived.
Heyer told the court the medication he was on made him even more depressed. He said he had no explanation for why he did what he did.
"I'd like to apologize to Ann's family, and why I'm here and she's not, only God knows," Heyer said in court.
"Everybody liked her. She was a bubbly person and to lose her life because she broke off the relationship with this guy? This is just utterly senseless," said Marinette County District Attorney Allen Brey.
The district attorney said the murder was planned and done in cold blood. While the victim's family did not comment, the DA said they just want to move on.
"He's a mean person and he did it and by God he got his comeuppance," Brey said. "So I'm very happy with the sentence, I'm sure Ann's family is happy and he had it coming. He earned it and he got it and good. I got no problem paying to keep this guy locked up."
Heyer's attorney says an appeal is likely.
Heyer's attorney suggested his client be considered for a mental health center, to address Heyer's mental health history. But the judge said that's up to the state's prison system.
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