8 / 20 Daniel Bartelt Found GUILTY in Murder of Jessie Blodgett


Twenty year old Daniel Bartelt was found guilty Tuesday afternoon of first-degree intentional homicide in the death of Jesse Blodgett by a jury. Bartelt now faces a mandatory penalty of life in prison when he is sentenced October 14th.  The verdict, which was returned after about three hours of deliberations Tuesday afternoon, came after a seven-day trial. Some of Bartelt’s family and supporters were seen sobbing when the verdict was read and left the courtroom without any comments.His court-appointed attorney, Gary Schmaus, said he was disappointed with the jury's findings. Schmaus also said the decision about whether to appeal will be made after sentencing. Bartelt initially had pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect, but proceeded to trial after two experts found him fit to proceed. At the time of Blodgett's death, Bartelt already was under investigation in an attack on another woman in the Richfield Historical Nature Park days earlier. The jury was not allowed to hear evidence about the earlier crime. Felony charges of attempted first-degree intentional homicide, recklessly endangering safety and false imprisonment remain pending against Bartelt in that case. A hearing on those charges will take place the day of the homicide sentencing, according to Washington County District Attorney Mark D. Bensen  . He said he has not yet decided how that case will be addressed in light of Tuesday's guilty verdict in Blodgett's death.
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