David DeWild sentenced to 12 years for role in murder of twin brother's wife Heather DeWild

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. - The twin brother who pleaded guilty in connection with the murder of his sister-in-law was sentenced to 12 years in prison Thursday.

David DeWild pleaded guilty in connection with the death of Heather DeWild. She disappeared in July 2003, just days before her divorce from Daniel DeWild was scheduled to be finalized.

Her body was found wrapped in plastic on Sept. 24, 2003, by a Department of Transportation worker moving dirt on Highway 6 between Golden and Black Hawk. The body was badly decomposed, but dental records confirmed that it was Heather. The coroner ruled that Heather's death was a homicide.

Daniel DeWild, his identical twin brother, David DeWild and David's wife, Mary Roseanne DeWild, were indicted on charges of first-degree murder after deliberation and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in December 2011.

Charges against Mary Roseanne DeWild were dismissed in October 2012.

In August 2012, prosecutors reached a plea agreement requiring David DeWild to testify against Daniel DeWild.

At his brother's trial, David DeWild testified that Daniel lured Heather into the garage, hit her on the head,  tied a noose around her neck and hoisted her up until she was hanging. David DeWild testified he had disposed of the body.

Daniel DeWild was found guilty of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and accessory to first-degree murder. A mistrial was declared on the count of first-degree murder, but he later pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

Daniel faces 72 to 75 years in prison when he is sentenced on Feb. 28.