10 years in prison for 1990 strangulation case

March 2, 2018

FOND DU LAC A Fond du Lac County judge has sentenced a man charged with killing a young woman nearly three decades ago to the maximum 10 years in prison.

Eighteen-year-old Berit Beck was strangled while travelling from Sturtevant to Appleton in July 1990 on a work-related trip. Sixty-four-year-old Dennis Brantner earlier entered an Alford plea to second-degree reckless homicide after an initial trial ended with a mistrial. Brantner agreed there was enough evidence for a conviction, but he maintained his innocence.

The courtroom was packed Thursday when the victim's father, Dave Beck, broke down when he recalled some of his daughter's last words before her trip that "all the people up north are good people." Berit's mother, Diane Beck, said she wished she had gone with Berit on her trip.


Associated Press