Techel Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murder, Victim’s Family Speaks Out

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ALBIA, Iowa – Seth Techel, the man who was convicted in the May 2012 murder of his wife, Lisa, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Wednesday.

Techel, 23, was found guilty of first-degree murder and nonconsensual termination of a human pregnancy.  Prosecutors said that Techel killed his wife on May 26, 2012, so he could leave his wife for a co-worker. Techel shot his wife in their home near Agency. Lisa, 23, was four months pregnant at the time of the murder.

Lisa Techel’s family members delivered emotional victim impact statements during Wednesday’s hearing.

“My family is now left with a void because of Seth’s actions,” said Mariah Hoium, Lisa Techel’s sister. “Seth Techel: You took a part of our hearts that day.”

Lisa’s mother, Tracy Caldwell, was also among those who spoke.

“We deserved the truth the day it happened, not all the games that have been played,” she said. “I’m angry and sad, and confused and so many other feelings I can’t explain. My world is a chaotic array of emotions. We were all happy; everything was going great for everyone in our family.”

Techel watched as the statements were delivered but showed no reaction to the speakers. He declined to speak during the sentencing.

“To me, a coward is somebody who instead of facing responsibility, they take the selfish way out,” Lisa’s father, Todd Caldwell, told the courtroom. “They continue to lie and deceive, even their own family, to save their hide. They don’t care who they hurt. I used to think that Seth would eventually admit to what he did. But he is a coward.”

Todd Caldwell’s statement was the last of the five delivered, and also one of the most emotional.

“Lisa told me one time I was her soul-mate,” he said. “Seth, you know what you took from me.”

Techel’s defense attorney had requested a new trial, a judge rejected that request during Wednesday’s sentencing.

Techel stood trial three times, jurors in the first two trials were unable to reach a verdict.

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