Daniel Sauber, who admitted to killing and burying a woman in his yard in Grandview five years ago, was sentenced to life imprisonment at a hearing before Judge Michael Schwab in Yakima County Superior Court Oct. 12.
Sauber will never be eligible for parole. The charge of voluntary manslaughter was the third strike for Sauber, who had been convicted of voluntary manslaughter in California in 1968 and of second degree assault in King County, Washington, in 1981.
The identify of Sauber's victim may still be uncertain. He told Grandview police officers August 3, 2005, that he had killed and buried a woman named "Sharon" five years before. At some time in 2004, Grandview police had received a report of a woman named Sharon Lee Mason, whose relatives had not heard from her for four years.
DNA confirmation has not been received, but authorities have proceeded as if his victim and the missing woman were one and the same.