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A former Denver anesthesiologist pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder in the bludgeoning death of a prominent Aspen woman and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. William F. Styler, 66, entered his plea after accepting an agreement with Pitkin County prosecutors, The Aspen Times reported. Prosecutors said Styler killed Nancy Pfister, 57, on Feb. 24, striking her with a hammer while she slept. Pfister's parents co-founded the Buttermilk ski area. Pfister had rented her home to Styler and his wife while she vacationed in Australia. She was killed shortly after she returned to Aspen. On a Facebook posting before her death, Pfister said »

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