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Ex-Wisconsin Policeman Pleads Guilty to Minnesota Murder

ROCHESTER, Minn. – (KIMT) A former Wisconsin police officer is pleading guilty to 2nd degree murder for the death of a woman in Rochester.

Authorities say Steven Mark Zelich killed Laura Simonson of Farmington at a Rochester hotel.  Her body and the body of Jenny Gamez of Oregon were found stuffed inside suitcases in Wisconsin.

Zelich was convicted in Wisconsin of Gamez’ death and sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Zelich entered his latest guilty plea Friday morning in Olmsted County District Court and was sentenced to 25 years behind bars, to be served after his Wisconsin sentence.

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