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Judge sentences Brent Kaempf to life without parole in Waschbisch murder


MARINETTE, WI (WTAQ) - A Marinette County judge has sentenced Brent Kaempf to life in prison without parole for killing his girlfriend last year.

In court Friday, Judge David Miron had the option of giving Kaempf a chance at parole after 20 years, but decided against that.

Kaempf was found guilty of murdering Trish Waschbisch at the Peshtigo home the couple shared on April 28, 2013. Waschbisch was the interim director at Rainbow House, a domestic violence shelter in Marinette. 

Court records show that Kaempf and Waschbisch started a relationship in 2005. Five years later, Kaempf was charged with misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct, after allegedly hitting Waschbisch in the face. 

Prior to the murder, Waschbisch told friends she was leaving Kaempf.