ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- A Baldwinsville man who admitted to murdering his wife will spend 20 years in prison. Robert Burger was sentenced Tuesday morning in Onondaga County Court. He pleaded guilty to second degree murder last month.
He killed his wife, 56-year-old Rebecca Dethlefs, in January of 2012. Investigators discovered Dethlefs' body inside her Van Buren home. The medical examiner's report said she died from blunt force trauma to the head.
This is the second time Burger has been sent to prison for murder. He previously served 28 years in prison for killing a priest in New York City.