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Man arrested after high-speed chase in Minnesota, pleads guilty to killing woman in Michigan

A 47-year-old man arrested after a high-speed chase in Carlton County last November has pleaded guilty to killing a Michigan woman. Gregory Allen Rose was wanted in connection with the stabbing death of Connie Pajunen, 67, in Midland County, Mich...

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A 47-year-old man arrested after a high-speed chase in Carlton County last November has pleaded guilty to killing a Michigan woman.

Gregory Allen Rose was wanted in connection with the stabbing death of Connie Pajunen, 67, in Midland County, Mich., on Nov. 16 when he led both Minnesota State Patrol troopers and Carlton County sheriff's deputies on a chase that reached speeds of up to 95 mph. He was driving a U.S. government pickup truck at the time, which he allegedly stole over the weekend in Wisconsin.

One deputy fired shots at the suspect vehicle's tires during the chase. Rose rammed several squad cars and ran at least one off the road, authorities said. Two county squads were damaged enough to require tow trucks. Rose eventually was apprehended along County Road 4 near Mahtowa.

On Monday, the Midland (Mich.) Daily News reported, Rose pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and second-degree arson, among several other charges. He is scheduled to be sentenced in September.

The newspaper reported that there was no prior connection between Rose and Pajunen; she was a neighbor to Rose's ex-wife's son, and Rose allegedly committed an assault at that home before killing Pajunen.

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Michigan Department of Corrections records show Rose served 28 years in a Michigan prison for armed robbery and criminal sexual assault in Muskegon County. He was paroled in June 2014.

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