Rochelle Inselman, ex-girlfriend from hell, facing 40 years in prison for murder
Neighbors heard Inselman pump eight bullets into her ex in a Brooklyn Center apartment last February.
Rochelle Inselman, a 39-year-old Eden Valley woman who killed her ex-boyfriend two days before Valentine's Day earlier this year, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last week and will be sentenced to 40 years in prison tomorrow.
Inselman shot her 41-year-old ex, Bret Struck, eight times with a 9mm handgun in his Brooklyn Center apartment. In court last Friday, she portrayed the murder as the culmination of an argument that escalated.
From a Hennepin County press release:
Inselman showed no emotion as she answered the questions from her lawyer Andrew Pearson in a strong voice. She acknowledged that she was carrying a loaded 9 mm handgun when she went to Struck's house after dark that night because "I wanted to discuss things with him."
She knocked on the door and he let her in the house. He did not know she was carrying a gun, she said. Soon they argued and Inselman said she pulled out the gun and fired it nine times, striking him eight times.
"At some point during the argument and while you were shooting him, you wanted to kill him?" Pearson asked.
"I think so," Inselman said.
Some background about Inselman's case is provided by one of our blog posts from April, when Inselman was charged with second-degree murder:
Inselman and Bret Struck ended their relationship in 2004. Their breakup left Inselman "obsessed" with Struck even eight years after the end of their involvement. She bought a 9mm handgun and told the man who sold it to her that she needed the weapon "because of an ex-boyfriend."...
After interviewing friends and family of Struck's, police learned that Inselman had "a history of exhibiting threatening and harassing behavior" toward Struck, which included hacking into his Facebook and trashing him to his loved ones...
Inselman claimed she was on her computer at the time of the murder and hadn't seen Struck in several years. The cops discovered that she had been in Struck's neighborhood "four times in the week preceding the murder." A forensic exam of her computer also revealed "an absence of activity over a four-hour time period that included when [Struck] was killed."
But the key piece of evidence linking her to the murder was the box the 9mm came in. Two days after dumping the murder weapon in a trash can at a Clearwater rest stop, she returned and dumped the box into the same can. A rest stop worker's suspicions were somehow piqued by the box and it was turned over to police. According to the Hennepin County release, the box "contained crucial evidence tying Inselman to the murder," though the gun itself was never found.
The rest stop worker's efforts are applauded by Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman in the release.
"Every case requires good investigation and help from citizens," Freeman said. "This case needed even more of both because initially police had no strong suspects. But a citizen in this case went beyond the usual assistance when he found a gun box he thought was unusual and turned it over to police and that made justice possible."
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