GUILTY: Washington Co. jury convicts Daniel Bartelt of first-degree intentional homicide

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WASHINGTON CO. (WITI) -- A Washington County jury convicted Daniel Bartelt on Tuesday, August 19th of first-degree intentional homicide in connection with the death of Jessie Blodgett.

Bartelt faced four felony charges in the case: two counts of first degree intentional homicide, one count of first degree recklessly endangering safety and one count of false imprisonment. One count of first degree intentional homicide is related to the death of 19-year-old Jessie Blodgett. Blodgett was found dead inside her home on July 15th. The other three charges are related to an alleged attack at a Richfield Park on July 12th.

After Bartelt left the courtroom to await his sentencing, Blodgett's father exited a different door and paused to say a few words to reporters.

"It`s not, not a good day for anybody," said Buck Blodgett.

Blodgett's daughter and Bartelt have been described as friends and classmates. They even recorded music together. Blodgett's father says both of their families are suffering.

"Nobody won. Dan's family is a beautiful family that provided a loving environment. They're great people. I feel horrible for them, today. It's a huge loss for everybody," said Blodgett.

Jurors deliberated for about three hours following a week-long trial that included details of the crime scene. Those details indicated that climbing rope was used to strangle Blodgett in her bedroom.

On his way to speak with Bartelt's family, Daniel's defense attorney shared his disappointment with the verdict.

"It's a tragedy. It remains a tragedy, and I just have compassion for both the Blodgett family, and the Bartelt family for the, for the difficult ordeal that they`ve, they`ve been through," said Gary Schmaus, Bartelt's attorney.

Bartelt is scheduled to be sentenced on October 14th.

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    • jon

      They had blood on the rope and duct tape that matched hers. Also had matched material from the garbage can that matched what was found in the house. He was on camera at the park where this was found in the garbage can the same day she died. His computer was filled withsearches about strangulation and murder. This kid is. a stonne cold sick killer. Give him life!!! PLEASE

  • jon

    This kid deserves nothing but the death penalty. To take someones life like he did is signs of a sick perverted devil. Prime example of why Wisconsin’s law should change and have the death penalty. This guy. needs serious mental help and i believe would never be rehabilitated. Hopefully the judge puts him away forever so this family can have a peaceful closure.Their daughter disnt deserve this. He acted as good and took a life cuz of is sick twisted mind. Let him rot in hell. Good riddance.

  • Marie

    I agree Wisconsin should be a death penalty state,this kid did an evil thing and would do it again given the chance, both families are forever changed.
    Now he will sit in prison for a long time hopefully.

  • Rachel

    Everyone needs to take a long look at Buck Blodgett’s, (Jessie Blodgett’s father), comments immediately after the verdict. He showed incredible love and compassion and a pervasive understanding of the most basic of all laws of human nature: Violence begets violence. In other words, if we want peace, we must live it. The greatest leaders in history, and I do not care what color, race, denomination, country, or time period you choose, have shown us this and the worst have proven the opposite. Make your own list. Evil things happen in this world and they would happen if we were all blind, deaf, or colorless. If I react our of anger with violence, I will not win anything or change it. Buck Blodgett showed us an example of great integrity that perhaps people can learn from.
    I am not suggesting Dan not be sentenced. Let us use the system our founding fathers created to do so. I am suggesting:
    1. Our focus be on the victim and families, not the perpetrator. I am suggesting our hearts turn to love and compassion for one another as exemplified by Buck Blodgett and the Bartelt family.
    2. Also that we look to the heart of the problem. What causes a young man like Daniel to become capable of such acts? Dan grew up in a loving family, extremely intelligent, gifted musically, had a girl friend of 4 years, taught Sunday School. He was not abused or on the street. There is no family history of violence or anything like this ever happening before. More research is needed into brain development, brain chemistry, mental health and why his personality suddenly changed and this 19-year-old young man, a loving son, brother, friend, could do this. We should all be very concerned about that. Dan could be our child, brother, best friend. Think about that. How do we prevent this? Is there a way? I certainly want to know.
    3. If you want to use your voice, use it to be active for a positive solution rather than a hurtful comment or to invoke a violent response. You can make a difference. It was Gandhi who said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

  • Katie

    Everyone knows he’s guilty. If you went to school with him, you know he did this. Next..his weirdo sister will probably do something.

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