GALENA – A short 2 months after her arrest, a 39-year-old Savanna woman was sentenced Thursday to 5 years for, investigators say, helping her boyfriend dump her husband’s body in the Mississippi River.
Danielle Heidenreich pleaded guilty to concealment of a homicidal death, which was punishable by 2 to 5 years; one count of obstructing justice was dismissed as part of her plea agreement, JoDaviess County Court records show.
She also was given credit for 65 days served.
Levi “T.J.” Meyers, 35, also from Savanna, is being held on $2 million bond, charged in with five counts of first-degree murder, concealment of a homicidal death and aggravated battery in the death of Keith A. Heidenreich Jr., whose body was found March 10 at Miller’s Boat Landing, about 4 miles north of Savanna at the northern entrance to Palisades State Park.
Investigators say Meyers, who was living with Danielle Heidenreich at the time, beat Keith Heidenreich to death with his bare hands at the Hanover home the couple shared. He faces 20 to 60 years without parole.
Meyers can be convicted of only one of the five murder charges; the state’s attorney files multiple charges to give a jury a variety of elements of consider when determining a verdict.
In the case, the counts accuse Meyers of beating Heidenreich with intent to kill, with intent to do great bodily harm, knowing the beating would kill him, knowing there was a strong probability it would kill him, or knowing there was a probability it would cause him great bodily harm.
If the jury finds any of the five elements true, that will be the charge of which he is convicted.
He has a status hearing June 24. court records show.