Daniel DeWild sentenced to 74 years in killing of estranged wife

Daniel DeWild

Daniel DeWild

DENVER — Daniel DeWild was sentenced Thursday to 74 years in prison for the 2003 murder of his estranged wife.

A jury convicted him in November of conspiracy to commit murder, but failed to reach a verdict on one count of first degree murder he faced. A mistrial was declared on that count. Negotiations resulted in DeWild pleading guilty to second degree murder.

Heather DeWild was killed on July 24, 2003. She was 30 years old. Investigators say Daniel DeWild lured her to the house they lived in together. It was the last time she was seen alive.

A Colorado Department of Transportation worker found her badly decomposed body in a shallow grave just off of U.S. 6 in Golden about six weeks later. She was wearing the same clothing she had worn on the day she disappeared. Heather’s neck and wrist were loosely bound with rope, and her body had been wrapped in trash bags and secured by duct tape.

It was later determined that Daniel DeWild and his brother David conspired to kill Heather by hanging.

The investigation into her murder stalled for years. Then in 2005, Jefferson County District Attorney Scott Storey assigned full time investigators to the case. Daniel DeWild, his brother David, and David’s wife Mary DeWild were eventually indicted in December 2011.