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West Bend man convicted of murder

WEST BEND, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)  A West Bend man who's long been a suspect in the 1990 murder of Berit Beck has been convicted of trying to kill his ex-girlfriend almost a year ago. 52-year old Craig Hron faces up to 130 years in prison when he's sentenced September 5th.

A jury recently convicted him of attempted homicide, stalking, reckless endangerment, and attempted carjacking in an attack last August on his former live-in girlfriend. Hron reportedly told an ex-roommate a month before the attack that he wanted to kill Tammy Jollie, and hide her body so nobody would find it. Fond du Lac County authorities would not say if Hron is still a suspect in the strangling of 18-year-old Berit Beck of Sturtevant two dozen years ago. She was on her way to a computer class in Appleton but never made it. A month later, a farmer found Beck's head along a roadside ditch. Her case became part of an F-B-I investigation after several young women were killed in Wisconsin around that time. Most of those murders have since been solved. Officials said Hron had Beck's hairbrush, but there's been no direct link between him and the murder victim.

Earlier this year, a 60-year-old Kenosha man became a suspect in Beck's death after evidence was re-analyzed. That man has never been charged either.

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