Duluth man pleads guilty to murder of his wife

A Duluth man pleaded guilty to second degree murder charges in his wife’s stabbing death, and faces a 37-year prison sentence.

Forty-year-old Ryan Jazdzewski admitted to killing 41-year-old Nicole Jazdzewski June 2 after she said she was filing for a divorce.

He said he “lost it” and “just started stabbing” her multiple times, and a sentencing enhancement was added for the particular cruelty of the murder.

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Nicole Jazdzewski, killed June 2, 2019. Photo courtesy of Violence Free Minnesota.

According to a memorial in Violence Free Minnesota, Nicole is survived by three children, and Ryan only stopped stabbing Nicole after their eldest daughter asked him not to kill their mom.

Nicole was from Bemidji, graduating from Bemidji High School in 1995, and her funeral was held at the St. Philip’s Catholic Church last June.

Ryan Jazdzewski will be sentenced March 3.


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 events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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