Wisconsin Rapids man gets 20-year prison sentence in 2016 homicide caseSubmitted: 01/23/2018
WISCONSIN RAPIDS - A Wisconsin Rapids man convicted of killing the man he suspected was having an affair with his wife will go to prison for the next two decades.

According to online court records, Wood County Judge Gregory Potter sentenced Mark Kusters, 59, to 20 years in prison and five years on extended supervision during a hearing Tuesday afternoon.

Police arrested Kusters in September 2016 after officers found Richard Flynn lying on the ground with gunshot wounds to the chest and stomach.  Flynn later died at a hospital.

Kuster's wife told police she and Kusters were at her house in Grand Rapids when Flynn started peeking through the front door. She said that's when Kusters got his shotgun, went outside warned Flynn to leave, and then shot him.

Kusters's wife said she and Flynn had a relationship that Kusters knew about.

A jury found Kusters guilty of first-degree reckless homicide during a trial in November 2017, but cleared Kusters of a first-degree intentional homicide count.

Prosecutors recommended Kusters get 40 years in prison and 20 years of extended supervision. Kusters' attorney suggested his client receive between four to eight years in prison.

Story By: Lane Kimble

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