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.


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.

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