Pergande gets 25 years for attempted homicide

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Ted Sullivan
Saturday, March 6, 2010
— Since his ex-wife nearly killed him, Jaymie L. Pergande said he’s had nightmares, anxiety and stress.

His neck muscles hurt from when Nickole E. Pergande sliced his neck from behind while he showered in their home.

He lost blood, became anemic and had to use all his energy to walk to the bathroom during his recovery.

He said his ex-wife is a liar, a thief, greedy and has no remorse for what she did. She still denies committing the crime.

“She is pure evil,” he said.

Jaymie asked a Rock County Court judge to send Nickole to prison. Judge Richard Werner agreed.

Nickole, a 36-year-old mother of two, was sentenced Friday to 25 years in prison and 15 years extended supervision on an attempted homicide charge. She was convicted of the charge after a trial in December.

Nickole, shackled in an orange jail suit, asked the judge for mercy before her sentencing.

“I plead to you, sir, that you send me home to my children in a reasonable fashion,” she said while crying. “They need me in their lives, and I need them in my life.”

Nickole said she was active in the community, schools and other parts of her children’s lives. She said her children would miss her.

“I have been an outstanding citizen of this community up until this conviction,” she said.

District Attorney David O’Leary argued for a 30-year prison sentence. He said Nickole is manipulative.

“She won’t admit to anything, even if confronted by the facts of this case,” O’Leary said. “She herself denies she did anything wrong. She’s not accepting responsibility.”

Nickole had no money, income or assets, he said. Her husband was about to leave her.

“She decided to take him out, kill him,” O’Leary said.

Nickole’s attorney, Jack Hoag, asked the judge to place Nickole on probation. He said she has no criminal record and is not a threat to the public.

“I don’t think you ignore 36 years of good behavior,” Hoag said.

Pergande faced a maximum of 60 years in prison.

According to the criminal complaint:

Nickole and Jaymie had been married 3˝ years. Both were laid off from Lear Corp.

Jaymie’s neck was sliced in January 2009. He had a 4-inch cut across half his neck. His trachea and jugular vein were sliced open and exposed.

The couple gave different stories as to how Jaymie was injured.

Jaymie claimed his wife was stealing from him, was distraught over legal issues and sliced his throat in an attempt to murder him. He needed emergency surgery.

Nickole claimed Jaymie was lying, stressed about the couple’s job loss and suicidal.

The judge said the evidence overwhelmingly showed that Nickole tried to kill her ex-husband. Werner said he was troubled that Nickole continued denying the crime.

Last updated: 1:15 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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