Kidnapper, murderer Theresa Wiltse sentenced to life in prison without parole

Kidnapper, murderer Theresa Wiltse sentenced to life in prison without parole

A Connell woman who kidnapped and brutally murdered an innocent woman in November 2016 was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole.

Theresa Wiltse was charged in the murder of 69-year-old Sandra Harris, an accountant who went missing from her Kennewick home on Nov. 18. She held Harris for ransom and used a voice changer to demand money over the phone.

Harris’ body was found 48 hours later on a rural road about two miles east of Interstate 82.

Her husband Randy Harris said her death has left a hole in his life that will never be filled during a victim’s impact statement in court.

“Sandy will always be remembered as the lady that was brutally kidnapped, tortured and murdered in one of the most terrible crimes ever committed in the Tri-Cities,” Randy said in a statement Friday. “She was the love of my life and my soulmate.”

During her sentencing, a judge told Wiltse he could not “understand or fathom what led you to do the things you’ve done” to Harris.

The judge apologized to Sandra’s family for their loss and suggested they focus on the good times they had with her while she was still alive.

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