Guilty plea in Kasota murder could mean life in prison 07 Oct 11

Photo courtesy of St. Peter Herald

The man suspected of killing his 20-year-old former girlfriend in Kasota faces a possible life sentence after pleading guilty last week to first-degree murder.

As part of his plea agreement, Tyler Wicklund, 24, also pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery and felony possession of a firearm, while four other felony counts were dismissed. Wicklund was originally charged with second-degree murder, but a grand jury came back with a first-degree murder charge.

An Oct. 10 trial date was erased when the guilty plea agreement was entered.

First-degree murder carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Wicklund was accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, Jessica Buboltz, last October after confronting her about a new boyfriend.