By Shereen Siewert

A 45-year-old Stevens Point man was convicted by a jury Wednesday of killing his wife and hiding her body.

Jason Sypher was charged Aug. 23, 2018 in Portage County Circuit Court with first degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse in connection with the disappearance of his wife, Krista M. Sypher, who was reported missing from her Plover home on March 13, 2017.

The jury deliberated less than two hours before rendering a verdict.

One day after charges were filed, Jason Sypher was arrested approximately five miles north of the Illinois/Wisconsin border on I-39/I-90 following a traffic stop by Wisconsin State Patrol, Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), and Plover Police Department, according to a DOJ news release.

During a May motion hearing defense attorney Gary Kryshak argued detectives had “no body, and no blood” to indicate Krista Sypher, 44, was dead. Kryshak also objected to evidence uncovered by a K9 handler during a search of the family’s home, questioning the accuracy of the dog’s alerts, but a judge overruled his objections and allowed the evidence at trial.

Sypher faces a mandatory sentence of life on prison. A judge will decide if he will ever be granted supervised release during a sentencing hearing at a later date.

The case is being handled by special prosecutor Annie Jay from the Wisconsin Department of Justice and Portage Co. District Attorney Louis Molepske.