Wednesday, a Crookston man facing a first degree murder charge in connection with the stabbing death of his father almost a year ago pleaded guilty in Polk County District Court to a lesser charge of second degree murder.
Jacob Abel, 28, was accused of murdering his dad, Jerome Abel, 58, in the Crookston apartment they shared on Feb. 5, 2012. A first degree murder conviction carries a maximum sentence of life in prison; by pleading guilty to the lesser charge, Abel faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison. He was accused of stabbing his dad at least 24 times.
The proceedings against Abel were delayed last year while he underwent a mental competency evaluation. He was subsequently found fit to stand trial.