Complaint: Man sharpened knife wife later used to kill him

Woman sentenced in husband’s 2015 stabbing death
Irina (Kolenkina) Shevchuk

A town of Vienna woman accused of stabbing her husband told detectives she killed him “professionally,” like she would have as a butcher in Russia.

A criminal complaint filed Friday in Dane County court revealed details about how prosecutors believe 54-year-old Irina P. Kolenkina stabbed her husband, 52-year-old Vladimir Schevchuk Saturday at their home at 5387 County Road DM.

Kolenkina was in court Friday morning for an initial appearance on a felony charge of first-degree intentional homicide with a domestic abuse modifier. Cash bond was set at $500,000.

A deputy found Schevchuk dead at his home at about 7 p.m. Dane County sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a dead person.

According to the complaint, Kolenkina and Schevchuk had run errands Saturday before returning home to prepare food and drink. The two had argued at home and shoved each other.

Kolenkina told detectives she killed her husband because she was “fed up” with him due to perceived false promises he made to her regarding her immigration status, their marriage and an ongoing financial scheme, according to the complaint.

Kolenkina told detectives that while the couple was arguing at the house, she shoved Schevchuk, who fell over an exercise machine. She jumped on him and stabbed him before he could up. She then ran to her brother’s apartment in the upper unit of the house and told him to call police because she had killed her husband.

Kolenkina reportedly told detectives she had worked as a butcher in the meat industry in Russia and said she killed Schevchuk “‘professionally,’ just like she would at work.” An autopsy found multiple stab wounds to Schevchuk’s head and chest.

The complaint said that hours before his death, Schevchuk had sharpened the knife that was used to kill him.

Deputies found the knife between the seat and arm of the living room couch, according to the compliant.

Shevchuk had been working as a farm hand at Blue Star Dairy Farm on Patton Road near his home. He has been in the United States and working since 2002. Schevchuk and Kolenkina were married in 2008 and had lived at the Vienna home since, the complaint said.

The complaint said Kolenkina spoke to investigators through a Russian interpreter.

A preliminary hearing on the case is scheduled at 9 a.m. July 2.