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Man sentenced to life in prison for 2012 murder in Bruceville-Eddy


Thursday, in 19th District Court, a man who pleaded guilty to killing his ex-girlfriend back in April 2012, was sentenced to life in prison.

On September 23, 62-year-old Jerry William Borchardt pleaded guilty to the murder of Carol Jean Wagner. Testimony was heard before the punishment was handed down.

Carol Wagner's son found Wagner's body wrapped in a blanket inside her home back. A medical examiner says Wagner was suffocated and police say Borchardt admitted to covering her face with a pillow.

Borchardt was on parole at the time of his arrest. He had been given a life sentence for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in Smith County, back in 1981. The judge ordered the life sentence for this murder to be stacked, in case parole is revoked for his first life sentence.

Prior to that, he had been given probation for auto theft in Garland, and had other larceny charges. He was given a one year sentence for forgery in McLennan County and had at least one parole violation sentence prior to his arrest on the murder charge.

"The District Attorney's office sincerely hopes that this stacked life sentence gives some measure of peace to the family of Carol Wagner. The Defendant took a wonderful mother, grandmother and giving person from this community," said Amanda Dillon, Assistant District Attorney. "The Texas Rangers and the Bruceville-Eddy Police Department did an outstanding job for this victim, her family and the citizens of McLennan County."

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