An Elk River man who admitted to killing his ex-girlfriend in her Kasota apartment last year was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday. 24-year-old Tyler Andrew Wicklund pleaded guilty to 1st-degree murder with intent while committing a felony as well as being a felon in possession of a firearm in Le Sueur County Court in late September. He will be eligible for parole after 30 years in exchange for the guilty plea. Wicklund was reportedly upset over the couple’s recent break-up when he slit the throat of 20-year-old Jessica Buboltz in late October of 2010. He then took their 14-month-old daughter to his grandmother’s house in rural Sherburn County, where he was arrested later that day. Jessica’s mother is now caring for the child. The plea agreement was reportedly approved by the victim’s family.
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