A former Brewster man has been found guilty of killing his wife in 1995 after hiding for years with a new wife and family in another state.
Robert Honsch, 73, was found guilty of first-degree murder by a jury in Springfield, Mass., for the killing of his then-wife Marcia Honsch, said Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni.
Marcia’s badly decomposed body was found on Oct. 6, 1995, in the Tolland State Forest, in Tolland, Mass., by a hiker. She had been shot in the head. His daughter's body was found 22 years ago behind a Hartford Road shopping center in Connecticut. She had also been shot in the head.
Honsch, his wife and 16-year-old daughter were all living in Brewster at the time of their disappearance.
Police working from several jurisdictions, had determined the two women might be related and conducted several rounds of DNA testing proved they were, said the New York State Police.
Officers then went to work trying to identify the two women. It wasn't until June, 2014, when a state police officer took a report from a woman in Virginia Beach, Va., and began a missing person investigation into the disappearance of a mother and daughter from the Brewster area, that the two were finally identified, state police said.
Honsch disappeared shortly after Marcia’s disappearance until being discovered by authorities to be living in Ohio under an assumed name with a new wife and three children. He was charged with murder in 2014, the DA's Office said.
It is expected that Honsch will also stand trial in Connecticut for the murder of his daughter, Elizabeth, they added.
“My sympathy remains with Marcia and Elizabeth’s family; however, I hope this verdict brings them some closure to this long process of criminal justice, and a feeling that, indeed, justice has been served,” Gulluni said.
Gulluni went on to say, “I would like to thank the many law enforcement agencies involved for their incredible steadfastness and commitment to justice through this very lengthy and, at times, frustrating investigation.”
He is expected to receive a life sentence.
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