Vancouver murderer sentenced to life in prison

Vancouver murderer sentenced to life in prison

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by KATHERINE COOK, KGW Staff

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Posted on June 24, 2013 at 6:04 PM

VANCOUVER, Wash. -- A Vancouver man will spend the rest of his life in prison for murdering his ex-girlfriend.

Earlier this month, a jury found Dennis Wolter guilty of aggravated first degree murder for stabbing his estranged girlfriend more than seventy times in May 2011.

Loved ones say Wolter’s ex-girlfriend, Kori Frederickson, was trying to escape an abusive relationship when she was murdered.

Before the sentencing on Monday, the judge asked Wolter if he had anything to say. He replied, "No."

"He's not sorry, and this just shows me he doesn't care what he did," said Tammi Murphy, Fredricksen's sister.

After the murder, Wolter dumped Fredricksen's body in a ravine near the Vancouver-Camas border. The next morning, police pulled Wolter over for speeding and found him and his truck covered in Fredericksen's blood.

Murphy said she's pleased with the life sentence, but that Wolter put a hole in their lives that can never be filled.

"It's finally done and finally gotten over with but it still doesn't bring my sister back," said Murphy. "[Fredericksen] was very happy, funny, outgoing. She was very loving."

During the trial, the defense blamed Wolter's brain damage from fetal alcohol syndrome, but the jury didn't buy it.

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