Duluth Man Pleads Guilty to Murder

Updated: January 27, 2020 06:10 PM

It's been more than seven months since the lives of the Jazdzewski family changed forever.


Back in June of 2019, Ryan Jazdzewski, 40, had been placed under arrest, for allegedly stabbing and killing his wife, Nicole. Just hours before the crime, she had told him she wanted a divorce. 

Nicole worked at St. Luke's. Ryan had worked at UnitedHealthcare.

On Monday morning, he entered a guilty plea to second degree murder. Judge Theresa Neo began the hearing saying to call the case "very emotional" would be an understatement. That emotion reflected in the family and friends who packed the courtroom, with some left to wait in the hall.

Nicole's father spoke to the court saying their family is disappointed the state didn't take the case to a grand jury to consider a first degree murder charge.

Judge Neo said her heart goes out to the family. She said she breathed a sigh of relief knowing the children will not have to relive the nightmare in future trials.

A plea agreement calls for a 36 year sentence. This is about 11 years higher than state guidelines. The prosecutor said this is because of two aggravated factors: the crime was committed in front of a child, and there was particular cruelty due to the number of stab wounds. Jazdzewski agreed that both factors exist. He was visibly upset, choking back sobs as he pleaded guilty.

Jazdzewski will remain at the St. Louis County jail until sentencing which is set for March 3rd.

Again acknowledging the emotion surrounding the case, Judge Neo said she will do her best to secure the largest courtroom available for the sentencing hearing in hopes that no one is left standing in the hall.

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