Man sentenced to 25 years for death of ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend

O'Dell also sentenced to 10 years extended supervision

Published On: Jul 26 2013 12:46:47 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 27 2013 05:02:40 PM CDT
Matthew O'Dell
MADISON, Wis. -

A Madison man will serve 25 years in jail and 10 years of extended supervision for the stabbing death of his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend last summer at a Madison mobile home park.

Twenty-six-year-old Matthew J. O'Dell was sentenced Friday in Dane County Court. He had pleaded guilty to second-degree intentional homicide as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.

O'Dell was originally charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the stabbing death of 24-year-old Craig O'Donnell on June 30.

O'Donnell died from 21 stab wounds to his neck, torso and extremities. His stepfather, Donald Worley, spoke in court about the life his step-son had worked to make.

"Craig had a future. He was getting his life together, really for the first time in his life and that was taken away from him." Worley said.

During sentencing, a letter from the victim’s mother was read stating that O'Donnell's death is unimaginable. She stated that before his death, O'Donnell sent a text message to his girlfriend saying that if anything happened to him he wanted her to have his dog.

She asked judge to sentence O’Dell to at least 40 years.

O’Dell testified, saying that on the night he killed Craig O'Donnell he wanted to go to sleep and wake up have it all be a nightmare.

"When I go over it, over and over again, I can't stop," O'Dell said. " I can't understand why, but I'm not asking for mercy. I'm not asking for any of them to forgive me."

He said he offered to let the victim's mother shackle him to ground and do or say whatever she wants.