A 40-year-old man will find out today if he’ll ever get out of prison for the murder of a Ledgeview woman.
George Burch faces an automatic life sentence and a Brown County Judge will decide whether he should be eligible for parole after at least 30 years.
Jurors found Burch guilty of first-degree intentional homicide in the death of 31-year-old Nicole VanderHeyden. She was found dead in a field in Bellevue in May of 2016.
Prosecutors say Burch’s DNA was on VanderHeyden’s body and cell phone data links him to the crime scenes. Burch claimed VanderHeyden’s boyfriend killed her.
Judge John Zakowski will decide Burch’s fate in a sentencing hearing this afternoon.