Lake Geneva woman's killer gets life
RACINE--Wilbert Thomas will spend the rest of his life in jail for the October 2010 killing of retired teacher Sandra Teichow of Lake Geneva.
Racine County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Boyle handed down the sentence during a court hearing today, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2013. Monday marks the third anniversary of Teichow's death. Thomas, 68, was found guilty during a trial in June.
Teichow, 67, had been handing out quarters in white boxes at a laundry to apparently-needy people, including Thomas, the day she was found strangled next to her car on an isolated wooded path.
Thomas was identified as a suspect because of a photo of him found on Teichow's camera, under her arm. A police officer recognized Thomas' distinctive hairstyle and his four-footed cane in the photo. The feet on the cane matched wounds on Teichow's body.
Thomas' competency was a contentious issue during six competency hearings before trial and during trial. He was found competent to face trial. He then refused to attend the beginning of the trial.
Thomas, 68, who was charged with first-degree intentional homicide, the theft of movable property from a person or a corpse and two counts of bail-jumping, had requested a bench trial rather than a jury trial.