Clearbrook man sentenced for 2019 murder

A Clearbrook man was sentenced Wednesday to 18 years in prison for the fatal stabbing of a woman.

Tristan Kilde, 25, served over 20 months in local custody, so he will receive credit for time served.

Kilde entered a guilty plea to second degree murder in late February, after initially pleading not guilty in early January to two murder counts.

The criminal complaint said in July 2019, Clearwater County deputies responded to Lower Rice Lake Road on report of a stabbing.

A woman was found on the ground with a faint pulse, but lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim, 36-year-old Natasha Thompson, a mother of two, was the sister of Kilde’s then-girlfriend.

The altercation reportedly began when Kilde began horseplaying with another adult male. Witnesses said it quickly turned violent when the other male, Natasha’s stepfather, began teasing Kilde. Kilde punched him, and Natasha then confronted Kilde outside and pushed him.

Witnesses said Kilde then stabbed Natasha. A knife with a curved blade was found at the scene.

Kilde will serve his sentence at the St. Cloud Prison, with an anticipated release date in ten years. Kilde was also ordered to pay $7,000 in restitution.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University.


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