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Forum News Service, Published January 24 2013

Crookston man pleads guilty in stabbing death of father

CROOKSTON, Minn. - A Crookston man pleaded guilty Wednesday to murdering his father a year ago by stabbing him two dozen times a year ago in the apartment they shared.

Jacob Abel, 28, faces up to 40 years in prison.

He faced a charge of first-degree murder and a charge of second-degree murder, pleading guilty to the lesser charge. A grand jury is expected to dismiss the charge of first-degree murder, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison, in light of his plea, according to a Polk County court official.

Abel is scheduled for sentencing March 15.

Police found Jerome Abel, 58, lying face down in a pool of blood Feb. 5, 2012, in the apartment. Neighbors told police that, after the murder, Abel stood outside the apartment in the hallway yelling and swearing angrily about his father. During the autopsy, a physician found the tip of the knife in the victim’s skull.

At one of his first court appearances, Abel disrupted proceedings with a disjointed tirade, including apparently talking to himself.

Proceedings were delayed last year while Abel’s mental competence was evaluated, but state District Judge Donald Aandal ruled he was fit to go to trial.