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BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. — A jury in Breckenridge convicted a Silverthorne man of killing his wife in July, and on Friday, a judge sentenced that man to 112 years for the rare Summit County murder.

Dale Bruner was found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Stephanie Roller-Bruner. Police said the former wildlife photographer beat and strangled his wife to death and then hid the body over Thanksgiving weekend in 2010.

Roller-Bruner's filed for divorce a few weeks before the murder, and it took investigators three days of searching before they found her body in the Blue River. The 41-year-old was a former county engineer and was working as a dance instructor when she died. 

The average murder rate for Summit County is less than one a year, so Bruner's trial stirred discussion for months in the High Country. Bruner, who pleaded not guilty, and his defense team initially requested a change of venue partly due to that fact. It was not granted.