Ex boyfriend strangled young student: A University of Wisconsin drop-out was found guilty of strangling his thespian ex-girlfriend to death after failing to rekindle their romance. It took the Washington County jury less than four hours on Tuesday to convict 20-year-old Daniel Bartelt in July 2013 death of Jessie Blodgett, 19. Blodgett's mother discovered her dead body just hours after the teen returned from a cast party for a production of 'Fiddler at the Roof' An autopsy ruled Blodgett died from strangulation, since there were ligature marks on her neck.