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Rick sentenced to life in Saxon murder-arson


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DONALD RICK covers his face with his hands as he watches a video presentation on the woman he murdered Thursday morning in Iron County Court. From left are Wisconsin Assistant Attorney General Richard Dufour, Iron County Sheriff's Department deputy Jason Geach, the lead officer in the investigation, defense attorney Courtney Latzig and Rick.


HURLEY - Donald Rick agreed Thursday morning he shouldn't be eligible for parole in the 2016 fire that destroyed the Bear Trap Inn, killing Lisa Waldros, of Kimball.

"If I was you, I'd give me no choice, either," Rick told Judge Patrick Madden, who sentenced him to a mandatory life sentence, without the possibility of parole.

Madden could have made Rick eligible for extended supervision, or parole, after 20 years in prison or thereafter, but denied that option, citing the "heinous" nature of the crime.

Rick, 45, had previously pleaded guilty to ki...

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