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Woman sentenced to 44 days for DUI; also a suspect in 1999 murder case

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Linda Sue LaRoche, 64. Credit: Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

A Cape Coral woman who was arrested for a 20-year-old murder was in court Friday morning for a separate DUI case.

Linda LaRoche, 64, was sentenced to 44 days behind bars for DUI and damage to property. She pleaded no contest to the charges.

In addition to the 44 days, she was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, attend DUI school as well as complete 50 hours of community service.

LaRoche has been identified as the killer in a cold case murder from 20 years ago in Wisconsin and was arrested here in Southwest Florida.

The Racine County Sheriff’s Department in Wisconsin says LaRoche is accused of killing Peggy Lynn Johnson, 23, back in 1999.

Johnson was found in a Wisconsin cornfield burned and beaten to death without anyone knowing her name at the time. She became a Jane Doe for the next two decades.

On Sept. 23, a concerned citizen from Cape Coral said LaRoche was telling people that she had killed a woman when she lived in Illinois.

MORE: Cape Coral resident identified as the killer in 20 years old Wisconsin homicide investigation

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