The 34-year-old German man charged with killing his wife Agnes Müller in western Norway earlier this year has been sentenced to Norway’s longest prison term of 21 years. He was also charged with raping his wife before strangling her just before Easter.
Thomas Müller was convicted after admitting that he had killed his 36-year-old spouse in the home they shared with their two children near the Lysefjord in Rogaland County. He confessed that after the murder, he wrapped up her body in plastic, weighted it down with steel pipes and dumped it in the fjord.
He initially reported his wife missing two days later, though, setting off an extensive search and rescue effort. He was arrested and charged in the case on April 28 and denied everything, until Agnes Müller’s body was retrieved from a depth of 70 meters on May 6.
Her husband then contended she wanted him to kill her, which the court in Jæren found impossible to believe. In addition to being sentenced Norway’s longest jail term, he was ordered to pay compensation to the couple’s two children, who now are living with relatives in Germany.