Convicted Wife Killer Released in Blue Earth County

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(Mankato, MN) – A southern Minnesota man who killed his wife nearly two decades ago is now out of jail and living in the Mankato area.

After having served 2/3rds of his sentence behind bars, Daryl Ray Olson was released from prison in December and is under intensive supervised release in Blue Earth County. Olson recently spent about ten days in the Blue Earth County Jail due to issues with his housing, but he was released again earlier this week.

Olson killed his wife JoAnne on December 24th, 2000, in their home in Oronoco, north of Rochester. He strangled her to death when the two got into an argument after watching a football game.  Olson said he put the drawstring around his wife’s neck to get her to be quiet. Court documents say he then left her body on the living room floor and went to bed, waiting until the next morning to call police.

Media reports from his sentencing in 2001 note that Olson wrote letters to the judge, saying that his wife was an angry person and that her conduct contributed to the argument that led to her death.

Olson will be on Minnesota’s Intensive Supervision Program until June of 2026. Elements of the program include house arrest, electronic monitoring, random drug/alcohol testing, and 40 hours per week of constructive activity, which includes work, education, training and treatment.

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