On Nov. 22 in Muscatine County District Court, 56-year-old Annette Cahill was sentenced to 50 years in prison in the 1992 beating death of a West Liberty man.
Cahill was convicted of second-degree murder in the of Corey Wieneke, a case that remained unsolved until May 2018.
Cahill’s arrest last year was the result of an investigation by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Muscatine County Sheriff’s Office.
Cahill was found guilty after a 10-day jury trial in September. The case had originally proceeded to a jury trial in March, but resulted in a mistrial after the jury was unable to reach a verdict.
“I am grateful to the investigators for their outstanding work on this case,” said Muscatine County Attorney Alan R. Ostergren. “Since 1992 countless hours have been invested in bringing justice to Corey Wieneke’s family. Although this took longer than anyone wanted, I am so happy that his family received justice today.”The court imposed a prison sentence of a term not to exceed 50 years. It will be up to the Iowa Board of Parole how long Cahill serves.
“I will recommend to the Board of Parole that they keep the defendant in prison for as long as is legally permitted,” said Ostergren.
Cahill will be held in custody until she is transported to the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women at Mitchellville. She is not entitled to an appeal bond.