Freeport man receives 52 years for killing ex-girlfriend

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Chad Blaser, 24, of Freeport, is sentenced to more than five decades in prison for the stabbing death of his ex-girlfriend Gabriel Petsche.

The attack happened in February 2019 in the area of West Avenue and Pleasant Street in Freeport. Police say Blaser and Petsche were arguing about visitation of their child when he stabbed her in the head, back and stomach.

The Stephenson County Coroner's office said she had more than 40 stab wounds.