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July 27, 2013

Tyler Wicklund, serving life for killing Jessica Buboltz, wants parental rights

MINNEAPOLIS — A 25-year-old man in prison for killing the mother of his daughter in Le Sueur County wants to keep his parental rights.

Tyler Wicklund, formerly of Elk River, is serving a life sentence for slitting the throat of 20-year-old Jessica Buboltz nearly three years ago in her Kasota apartment. Police said their then 1-year old daughter, Emma, was sleeping in another room.

"That day, he put her life in total endangerment," said Buboltz's mother, Dawn Buboltz, who is now raising the girl and wants to adopt her.

Wicklund's attorney argues his actions don't make him an unfit parent. He wants the freedom to send the girl letters and talk to her on the phone from behind bars.

The grandmother is fighting that.

"I don't get to rest. I don't get to rest anymore until I win everything then I will rest," Dawn Buboltz told WCCO-TV.

A judge is expected to make a decision in September. If the judge decides against his rights, the grandmother can move forward with the adoption.

Dawn Buboltz had previously fought Wicklund's mother for 2 1/2 years for full legal custody of the girl.

Wicklund could be eligible for parole in 30 years. That would make him 55 and Emma 32.

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