A Merrill man convicted of killing his wife will not be eligible for parole until he is 84-years-old. In April, a jury found Mark Bucki guilty of 1st degree intentional homicide, strangulation and suffocation, and hiding a corpse.
Bucki already faced a mandatory life sentence. The sentencing hearing Thursday was to determine if Bucki was eligible for parole.
Bucki's wife, Anita, was reported missing on April 26, 2013. Two weeks later, her body was found in a wood area about 20 miles from their home. Investigators say she had seven stab wounds to the chest and severe bruising around her throat.
Friends and family say the their marriage was going through tough period at the time of Anita's disappearance and death.
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