WEBSTER CITY, IOWA (AP) – A Kansas man was convicted of the second degree murder of his girlfriend in Iowa in 2018.
Zackery Bassett, 34, of Elwood, Kansas, was originally charged with first degree murder after Andrea Solokowski, 50, could not breathe in a Webster City house. An autopsy showed signs of asphyxiation, but her cause of death has been classified as undetermined.
Bassett was convicted Tuesday in Hamilton County on the lesser charge after a trial that was repeatedly delayed by COVID-19 precautions.
Prosecutors alleged that Bassett repeatedly mistreated Solokowski, from Sioux City, more than a year before her death. Her family told investigators that Bassett was chasing them and that they told a friend that they were afraid he would kill her.
The maximum Iowa sentence for second degree murder is 50 years. Bassett is due to be sentenced on April 5th.
WEBSTER CITY, Iowa (AP) – A man accused of killing his girlfriend in central Iowa is slated for trial in March.
Hamilton District Court records show that Webster City, 32-year-old Zackery Bassett made a written pleading Monday for first degree murder. His trial is scheduled to begin on March 5th.
Investigators said Bassett called the Webster City police on September 22nd to report that his girlfriend, 50-year-old Andrea Sokolowski, was not breathing. Sokolowski was taken by ambulance to a Webster City hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Bassett was arrested on November 14 in St. Joseph, Missouri, on an Iowa warrant.
Through interviews and medical records, detectives found that Bassett had expressed jealousy and violence against Sokolowski in the months before her death.
Authorities said Bassett molested Sokolowski for more than a year before she died.