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UPDATED: Cimmarusti pleads guilty in death of Rose Downwind


BEMIDJI -- Marchello Cimmarusti pleaded guilty Monday in the October death of Rose Downwind and now will serve 35 years in prison.

The Bemidji man was facing a charge of second-degree intentional murder in the death of the 31-year-old Downwind, a mother of five from Redby.

But during a plea hearing Monday at the Beltrami County Courthouse, Cimmarusti, 40, signed and initialed a petition to plead guilty on the single count. Before doing so, Steven Bergeson, Cimmarusti's attorney, reviewed the document and informed him what terms were included. Cimmarusti also addressed the court Monday, taking questions about Downwind’s death from defense and prosecuting attorneys.


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