Maple-wood, Man Is Found Guilty In Killing Of Woman By E.S. Evans Of the Post-Dispatch Post-Dispatch Post-Dispatch Staff Stephen Buss, on trial on a charge of first-degree first-degree first-degree murder in the drowning drowning of a woman from south St. Louis last year, was found guilty Wednesday Wednesday of second-degree second-degree second-degree murder. The jury returned the verdict to Judge Kenneth M. Weinstock in St. Louis County Circuit Court after deliberating deliberating about 12 hours over two days. After 4'2 more hours of deliberation, deliberation, the jury recommended a sentence sentence of 20 years in prison. The range of punishment for second-degree second-degree second-degree murder is from 10 to 30 years or life imprisonment. Weinstock scheduled formal sentencing sentencing for April 24. Prosecutor John D. Chancellor had intended to ask the jury for the death penalty. But after the verdict was returned returned on the lesser offense, he demanded demanded "a severe punishment" for "a crime so heinous." Buss' lawyer, Herbert D. Schaeffer, asked for mercy for "this gentle man. this gentleman." Anything more than the minimum penalty would be excessive, excessive, Schaeffer said. Michael Reed, a co-defendant, co-defendant, co-defendant, told the jury in the nine-day nine-day nine-day trial that he was testifying against Buss in return for a 15-year 15-year 15-year sentence. Under the agreement, he will plead guilty to second-degree second-degree second-degree murder. Reed did odd jobs for Buss. He testified that he had helped Buss bind and gag the victim, Anna Marie Teson, and had left her in the trunk of Buss' car. Her body was found in the Mississippi River about three weeks later, on April 28. Reed, 21, lived in the 2800 block of Juniata Avenue. Teson, 31, lived in the 3600 block of Missouri Avenue. Chancellor maintained that Buss had led a double life, that he was known as Mike Anderson on the South Side while he lived on Ladue Court in Creve Coeur and worked as a stockbroker in Clayton under his real name. Teson threatened to expose him, Chancellor contended. Buss denied the allegations. He testified testified that he had four college degrees, degrees, was an engineer and rehabilitated rehabilitated houses on the South Side. He is the son of B.A. Buss of East Moline, 111., the former owner and manager of Buss Industries, which manufactures manufactures linen-folding linen-folding linen-folding equipment for laundries.