George Burch files formal notice of appeal

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - A man convicted of what his judge called "the most brutal murder" committed by one man in Brown County is appealing after his sentence.

George Burch's attorneys filed a formal notice with the court that Burch is seeking post-conviction relief.

That's according to online court records. The grounds for appealing his conviction or sentence aren't known yet. Post-conviction relief can include appealing the verdict or arguing the sentence was unjust.

Earlier this month, Burch was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for murdering Nicole VanderHeyden, whose severely beaten body was found in a field a few miles from her home in May 2016.

At the trial, Burch's lawyers tried to blame the murder on VanderHeyden's boyfriend but jurors told Action 2 News the evidence pointed to Burch.

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