Speedway man sentenced to 55 years for fatally stabbing ex-girlfriend, calling police to confess

Woman found stabbed in home

SPEEDWAY, Ind. - A man who called police and admitted to fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend has been sentenced to 55 years in prison.

Brian Murphy, 30, of Speedway, pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced Thursday.

Murphy called police in October to say he thought he had just killed his ex-girlfriend, Jessica Syvinski, 37, in their home in the 1300 block of Norfolk Circle.

When officers arrived, they found Murphy standing outside with blood on his shirt, according to the probable cause affidavit.

"I did it," he told the officers, according to the affidavit. "I don't know if she's alive or dead, but I'm hoping the latter."

When officers went inside, they found Syvinski in a bedroom stabbed twice in the chest. She was taken to Wishard Memorial Hospital, where she later died.

When medics arrived at the home, Murphy yelled at them, "Take your time," according to the affidavit.

Murphy told police that he and Syvinski had been dating for 12 years and had lived together for four years but had recently broken up.

The night of the stabbing, he said he heard Syvinski in her bedroom on the phone with her new boyfriend, so he got a knife from the kitchen and stabbed her, according to the affidavit.

"It was definitely premeditated," he told police, according to the affidavit. "I'm not shedding any tears over it."
 

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