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Teen’s killer sentenced to life in prison

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — A man convicted of killing a co-worker’s fiancee has been sentenced in central Wisconsin to spend the rest of his life in prison.

Twenty-four-year-old Raul Ponce-Rocha sat emotionless in Marathon County Circuit Court Tuesday when Judge Patrick Brady sent him to prison for life without the chance of parole.

Eighteen-year-old high school senior Breanna Schneller was found beaten and stabbed in May 2009 in the Wausau apartment she shared with her fiance, the defendant’s co-worker at El Tequila Salsa near Wausau.
Ponce-Rocha’s DNA was found on an iron used to beat the 18-year-old victim and on a glove and restaurant takeout bag. The glove was found in the bag along with Schneller’s underwear and her cell phone in a garbage can behind the restaurant.

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