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Randal Rosenthal's appeal in mom's murder rejected

WAUSAU, WI (WTAQ) - A state appeals court says no to a new trial for a man convicted of killing his mother on a fishing trip in the Fox Valley.

37-year-old Randal Rosenthal Jr. of Brillion is serving a life prison term for shooting Kathleen Remter in July of 2011.

Rosenthal claimed that Remter's lover actually killed her, but the judge at his trial would not let him introduce that evidence. The Third District Appeals Court in Wausau said there was no prior indication that the victim's boyfriend killed her.

Also, the defendant claimed he was sleeping when Remter was shot -- but the appellate court said no witnesses could corroborate that.

Remter's body was later found in the Fox River near Kaukauna.

Prosecutors said her son wanted to collect on her $586,000 life insurance policy. Under his prison term, Rosenthal will first be eligible for a supervised release in 2061, when he's 84.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)