A Chisago County Grand Jury recently indicted Aaron Jude Schnagl, 29, on third-degree murder (unintentional murder) in the death of Danielle Mary Jelinek. If convicted of this charge, Schnagl faces a maximum penalty of up to 25 years in prison.
Jelinek was 27 years old when she was reported missing by her family Dec. 9, 2012, after she had been in the company of Schnagl at his Chisago Lake Township residence, according to a press release from the Chisago County Attorney’s Office.
Schnagl has remained a person of interest since her disappearance a year ago and following the recovery of Jelinek’s body on May 11 in a small body of water near Schnagl’s home. The indictment for third-degree murder means the grand jury determined there is probably cause to believe Schnagl provided a controlled substance to Jelinek, which was the proximate cause of her death.
Details of the investigation into Schnagl’s possible involvement in Jelinek’s death are not public at this time.
Schnagl has been in custody since Jelinek’s disappearance last December and has been serving a prison sentence on drug charges.
The Jelinek family is asking the public to respect their privacy through the holiday season.