Sentence upheld for man in murder, decapitation

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Indiana Court of Appeals has affirmed the 60-year sentence of a former racing mechanic who was convicted of murdering his estranged wife.

The court denied an appeal by Michael Albrecht, who argued that the state had allowed false testimony by an FBI agent and that the sentence was inappropriate. He was convicted of strangling his 31-year-old wife Cynthia and decapitating her to make the body hard to identify. She disappeared in 1992 shortly before their divorce was to be finalized. No one was charged in her death until 1996, when Albrecht was arrested in Georgia and extradited back to Indiana.

The appeals court said Albrecht failed to present any evidence that the FBI agent had committed perjury or that grounds for a new trial existed.

Cynthia Albrecht had worked for Penske Racing as a hostess in the racing team's hospitality suites. Michael Albrecht was a mechanic with Simon Racing before he was fired after the 1992 Indianapolis 500.

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