Princeton man sentenced to life in prison for killing girlfriend

Antonio Contreras (Green Lake County Sheriff's Office photo)

GREEN LAKE COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - A Princeton man has been sentenced to life in prison for the 2017 murder of his girlfriend.

Antonio Contreras, 30, was sentenced Thursday in Green Lake County court. The judge said Contreras would not be eligible for parole.

In August, Contreras pleaded no contest to a charge of 1st Degree Intentional Homicide. Counts of Arson, Mutilating a Corpse, and Possess Firearm-Convicted of a Felony were dismissed.

On March 13, 2017, Contreras shot Grace Reiter-Rudolph multiple times before setting their home in the 100 block of South Farmer Street on fire. Prosecutors said he set the fire to destroy evidence. Investigators said Contreras admitted to watching his girlfriend "take her last breaths."

Reither-Rudolph's body was found in the a search of the burned home. An autopsy conducted by the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison found that the victim had at least three small-caliber gunshot wounds to the head.

Contreras was located two days later in Florida.

He told investigators that he had smoked meth prior to the shooting of Reiter-Rudolph.