David DeWild, who ended up testifying against his brother Daniel DeWild, will spend more than a decade in prison for his role in the death of his sister-in-law.
This is one step toward justice after 9-and-a half years of pain and frustration for her family.
The mother of two disappeared on July 24, 2003.
More than a month later, on Sep. 4, a worker found Heather DeWild's body on Highway 6 near Golden.
Then, eight years later, on Dec. 9, 2011, a Grand Jury indicted Daniel and David DeWild for murder.
David admitted to being his twin brother's accomplice and keeping it a secret all those years.
In court Thursday afternoon, David DeWild gave a tearful apology.
"I'm just sorry for all the pain I've caused," DeWild said.
Heather DeWild, a 30-year-old mother of two, was trying to leave her husband Daniel DeWild.
Described by her family as "controlling," Daniel DeWild lured his estranged wife to the Edgewater home they once shared.
He hit Heather's head with a mallet and hung her body from a rafter while wrapping it in trash bags.
All while his twin brother David watched, and later helped cover up the crime by disposing of the body.
"We are here to seek justice for her," said Jefferson County Chief Deputy District Attorney Robert Weiner.
During sentencing, David DeWild's wife Roseanne DeWild called him a wonderful husband and provider.
Despite the plea for leniency, the judge handed down the maximum sentence of 12 years plus five years of mandatory parole.
He received credit for 418 days in jail.
Prosecutors dropped murder charges against Roseanne DeWild, saying she knew practically nothing about her husband David's crime.
She says he deserves his 12 year sentence, the maximum possible under a plea deal with prosecutors.
"It was horrible what happened and they need to pay for it," Roseanne DeWild said.
David DeWild's testimony, 9 years after the murder, eventually led to his brother Daniel's confession.
"I just hope that David's remorse is real," Heather's sister Rebecca Banger said.
Heather's family believes David DeWild did the right thing by turning in his twin.
They say it's too little too late, after years of lying about Heather's murder.
"She was a good mom and she put her children first," Heather's sister Jennifer Springer said.
Jacob and Anna were just 5 and 3, and somewhere in the house when their dad killed their mom.
Now 15 and 13, all they have left are pictures and stories.
"Jacob, when he was 5, told his mom she was a good looker and a good cooker too," Heather's father David Springer said.
Their mother is gone and, now, so is their father.
Turned in by his own twin brother, Daniel DeWild will likely spend the rest of his life in prison.
DeWild confessed to second-degree murder.
He'll get 72 to 75 years in prison under his plea deal, with no possibility of parole until at least the year 2040, which is 27 years away.
He'll be formally sentenced on Feb. 28.
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