Merrill Man Serving Life Sentence For Murder Dies in Prison

January 23, 2023 1:51pm

Thomas Knapp

Thomas Knapp

A Merrill man convicted of 1st degree murder in the shooting death of his stepson, has died.  Thomas Jordan Knapp was pronounced dead due to natural causes at 10:36 Thursday morning while in hospice at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center where he had been housed due to chronic illness. Knapp was 84 years old.


Knapp was convicted of first degree murder in Plymouth County District Court last fall after prosecutors, during the trial, say Knapp struck his wife with his fists and a stick, then shot his step-son, Kevin Juzek.  Knapp’s wife, Darlene, was Juzek’s mother.


Knapp began serving a life sentence on October 14, 2022.