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Tracy Maurer's Family Reacts To Seth Louis' Guilty Plea

By: Margo Spann Email
By: Margo Spann Email

Seth Louis, 26 of Rhinelander faces life in prison after pleading guilty to first degree intentional homicide, as party to a crime, in the stabbing death of 42-year old Tracy Maurer in April, 2007.

The Judge did dismissed some burglary charges in Oneida and Lincoln County but says he can consider them when he sentences Louis.

The judge also ordered a pre sentencing investigation, that's where investigators will look at Louis' work history, family history, juvenile and adult criminal records to help the court determine the appropriate sentence.

Investigators say Louis sold Maurer a computer and then killed her when she didn't pay him for it.

Two teens are also facing charges in connection to the case 17 year old Katie Decker and 19 year old Heather Ward.

Decker is accused of hiding Louis' bloody clothes under her mattress and Ward allegedly drove Louis to Maurer's apartment the night of the murder.

Tracy Maurer's father Casey Grams, says her family wasn't able to have a traditional open casket funeral and it to him it feels like she disappeared.

"I don't know if you ever heal we never seen her in the casket, to touch her, or to say good bye."

Grams says his greatest fear is there could have been more victims that day.

" My little great grand daughter, she used to go by grandma's every weekend, what if she would have been there, I mean he stabbed her dog in the neck too he might have killed my great grand daughter who knows, what could have happened that guy is nuts as far as I'm concerned."

In Lincoln County court Seth Louis, struck a deal with the special prosecutor that could make him eligible for extended supervision when he's 70 years old.

Maurer's father says Louis should get the maximum.

"People like that, they're not people they're animals and they should be in a cage so they don't harm somebody else," says Grams.

Grams says he and his family plan to return to court for Louis' sentencing.

He says they will also be in court for the other two cases.

Louis is scheduled to be sentenced on January 14, 2009.


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