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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Fritz gets life for murder of girlfriend

  • A Meta man will serve the rest of his life in prison for the shooting death of his girlfriend in June 2010 in Maries County.
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  • A Meta man will serve the rest of his life in prison for the shooting death of his girlfriend in June 2010 in Maries County.
    Terry Glenn Fritz, 43, of Meta, received the life in prison sentence without the possibility of parole Tuesday for first-degree murder, a Class A felony, and 100 years for the armed criminal action charge, an unclassified felony.
    In April, a jury found Fritz guilty after a five-day trial of both charges in the death of Kinga Gillibrand, 35, the mother of his child.
    “Justice was served today, and I am very happy with the sentence,” Maries County Sheriff Chris Heitman stated in an email Tuesday after Circuit Judge Gregory Warren handed down the sentence in Texas County, where the trial was moved to on a change of venue.
    “The prosecutors did an amazing job on this case and the system worked,” the sheriff continued. “Being involved in this case for over four years, my heart really goes out to the family and I continue to pray for them."
    The prosecutors previously waived the death penalty in this case.
    Maries County Prosecuting Attorney Terry Schwartze told the Daily News in April that Gillibrand was reported missing in June 2010 in the Meta area, but Fritz was not arrested in connection with the incident until July 2010.
    The remains of Gillibrand were not found until November 2010 when deer hunters found her, Schwartze said.
    The hunters said her remains were covered by bloody bedding, and investigators found a bullet in the couple's home, according to the Associated Press.
    It was determined that Gillibrand had been shot in the back and was found about a mile to a mile and a half from where the incident occurred, Schwartze said.

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