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Crookston man convicted of murder, sex assault

THIEF RIVER FALLS — A jury found a Crookston man guilty on all three counts of first-degree murder and criminal sexual conduct Tuesday in the stabbing death of a woman in northwest Minnesota last year.

Jedidiah Troxel was sentenced later Tuesday to a mandatory sentence of life without parole.

The jury reached its verdict at about 3 p.m. after about three hours of deliberation.

Jeff Kazmierczak, husband of the victim, Tanya Kazmierczak, said after the verdict was read: "Thank God he got what he deserved and the evidence showed it."

Troxel, 32, was charged with three counts of first-degree murder during criminal sexual conduct, each carrying a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole, in the stabbing death of Tanya Kazmierczak last year.

Troxel and Kazmierczak partied together with others at three neighboring homes in a trailer park in Thief River Falls  in August 2012, according to testimony. Her body was found Sunday morning, Aug. 26, mostly naked, lying on the bank of the Red Lake River, southeast of Thief River Falls.

She suffered 37 stab wounds and a gash across her neck. Her face was bruised, and one eye appeared swollen from a beating.

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