Posted: Jun 22, 2012 2:45 PM by Associated Press
SUNNYVALE, Calif. (AP) - A Northern California man has been convicted of killing his wife in a case that authorities say was solved when the man's daughter came forward to say he forced her to help him bury the body.
A Santa Clara County jury found 51-year-old Gary Swierski of Sunnyvale guilty on Wednesday of first-degree murder in the 2005 death of his wife, 36-year-old Reina Swierski. He is facing 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced on Aug. 27.
Reina Swierski was missing for three years until her skull was found in a state park in 2008. Authorities say they cracked the case when her stepdaughter, 26-year-old Eva Swierski, told police last year her father strangled her stepmother and forced her to help bury the body. The daughter testified against her father at trial.
Prosecutors say she will not be prosecuted.
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6/22/2012 2:41:40 PM (GMT -7:00)
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