Ex-anesthesiologist pleads guilty in Aspen slaying

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) A former Denver anesthesiologist has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the bludgeoning death of a prominent Aspen woman and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

The Aspen Times reports 66-year-old William F. Styler entered his plea Friday after accepting an agreement with prosecutors.

Prosecutors said Pfister killed 57-year-old Nancy Pfister on Feb. 26, striking her with a hammer while she slept.

Styler, his wife and Pfister's personal assistant had all been charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy and being an accessory after the fact.

Prosecutors dropped all the charges against 62-year-old Nancy Styler and Pfister's assistant, 56-year-old Katherine Carpenter.

Pfister's parents co-founded the Buttermilk ski area. Pfister had been renting her home to the Stylers while she was vacationing in Australia. She was killed shortly after she returned.


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